|Chairwoman of European Parliament Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality|
|Vice Chairwoman of European Parliament Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality|
|Member of European Parliament|
|Born||3 March 1960|
Linkuva, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
|Political party||New Union (Social Liberals)|
Social Democratic Party of Lithuania (2006-present)
|Alma mater||Vilnius University|
Vilija Blinkevi?i?t? (born 3 March 1960 in Linkuva, Lithuania) is a Lithuanian lawyer and politician, Member of the European Parliament and former long-term Minister for Social Security and Labour. Blinkevi?i?t? is a member of the Social Democratic Party of Lithuania since 2006.
Blinkevi?i?t? was born in Linkuva, Lithuania. After graduation with honours from Linkuva Secondary School, she entered Law Faculty of the Vilnius State University, from which she graduated in 1983, having obtained the qualification of Master of Laws.
Since 1983, Blinkevi?i?t? has dedicated all her professional life to working in the Ministry of Social Security and Labour until she turned to politics and became a Vice Minister of Social Security and Labour in 1996.
In 2009 and in 2014 Blinkevi?i?t? has been elected to the European Parliament, as the representative of the Social Democratic Party of Lithuania. In the European Parliament, she belongs to the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats.
Following the 2014 elections, Blinkevi?i?t? became a Vice-Chair of the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM); she was elected the Chair of the committee in January 2017.
In addition, Blinkevi?i?t? is a full member of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL) and of the Delegation to Euronest Parliamentary Assembly, and a substitute member of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee. She also belongs to the Intergroup on Disability and the Intergroup on Children's Rights and to the Intergroup on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights.
In 2004 Blinkevi?i?t? was bestowed with the Cross of Commander of the Order for Merits to Lithuania.