In an interview published on the International Women's Day, the president emphasized that education was key to equal opportunities.
"Most important is to ensure equal opportunities. The quotas for highest positions in business or politics are only the last resort. Of course, it depends on the specific situation of every country. Sometimes positive discrimination is necessary due to traditional and cultural background of a specific society," Grybauskaitė told euractiv.com portal.
She noted that the share of female board members in Lithuanian companies was already above the European Union (EU) average.
"I think education is the key word. Good access to education gives more opportunities for professional careers and competition. Some sectors are still lacking women. It is important to foster their involvement in technologies, natural sciences, and sciences in general," Grybauskaitė said.
At the same time, the president says, gender stereotypes are still alive in many countries.
"Sometimes in competition women have to be twice as good as men. But I see positive tendencies," euractiv.com cites her as saying.