EVENTS & TRAININGS

Online Resilience Workshop with Daria Nashat- The Women’s Sanctuary Circle : A resilience game for women who want to thrive!

April 08, 2020

Are you looking for ways to stay resilient and well in uncertain times? Do you want to nourish body, mind, and soul? Are you looking for a supportive community of women who lift each other up? Are you longing for more playfulness in your life? 

Join other women for an inspiring experience that will boost your wellbeing and energy. Invest 90 minutes of your time and connect with your natural wisdom, power and wholeness. Join the Sanctuary Circle to find community and to build resilience!

Join on Thursday, 9 April from 18:00-19:30 Brussels time on Zoom.

The Women’s Sanctuary Circle is limited to 12 participants. Sign up now by emailing us at info (at) wiis-brussels.org. Once you’ve signed up, you will receive a Zoom link to join the event. Please do not share this link with others.  

About Daria Nashat
Daria is a resilience and leadership trainer, speaker, and founder of the Women’s Sanctuary Circle, as well as WIIS Brussels' newest Steering Committee member. Her resilient leadership formula combines insights and practical tools on body intelligence, value alignment, healthy boundaries, and peer coaching. She is trained in Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR), Co-active Coaching Fundamentals, and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). 

Want to know more? Visit Daria’s website: www.darianashat.com

POSTPONED - Happy Hour on the Occasion of International Women's Day

March 10, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak this event has been postponed.

 

On the occasion of International Women´s Day on March 8, WIIS Brussels is delighted to invite you to our next Happy Hour. It will take place on Wednesday 11 March from 18.30 to 20.00 at the Chemin des Vignes, Rue d'Idalie 27.

 

This year´s motto of International Women´s Day is: “An equal world is an enabled world”. This vision fits very well with the mission of WIIS, which is to enhance women's influence and increase awareness of gender-related issues in the field of international affairs.

The Happy Hour will be a great opportunity for our members and any interested non-members to gather in an informal atmosphere, and to discuss these and other topics. We will also organise an insightful and fun “International Women´s Day”-themed pub quiz.

This event is free for WIIS Brussels members. Non-members are equally welcome and will be charged EUR 10 at the door. WIIS Brussels will offer snacks and one glass of wine per person. 

Women of South Yemen: Securing Peace and Stability

March 09, 2020

Women in International Security (WIIS) Brussels and Independent Diplomat cordially invite you to a special panel discussion on 'Women of South Yemen: Securing Peace and Stability'. The event will be held on Tuesday, 10 March 2020, 09h30 - 11h30.

 

Moderator & Opening Remarks

  • Laura Semmler, Women in International Security (WIIS) Brussels (Member of the Steering Committee) 

Panellists

  • Sanaa Mubarak is paediatrician by profession, and a member of the Southern Transitional Council and a founding member of the Academic Forum Muhammed Ali Luqman (think tank organisation).

  • Nadia Hafedh is from the South Yemen Women’s Forum which seeks to increase women’s political participation, connecting grassroots activity to the advocacy efforts in Europe.

  • Sophia Baras is a cultural and linguistic mediator, and a member of the Southern Women Association in Europe, one of the leading Southern Yemeni diaspora networks.

To mark International Women’s Day, the panel discussion will explore the vital role South Yemeni women play in Yemen’s quest for peace, and the challenges ahead for advancing women’s participation in the political process. 

All are welcome to this public event. 

Venue:  Independent Diplomat, Rue de la Science, 14b, 1000 Brussels

Professional Development Workshop: 'Master Your Money Mindset' with Blanca Vergara

February 03, 2020

WIIS Brussels was excited to hold our first professional development workshop of 2020: ‘Master Your Money Mindset’ with award winning Blanca Vergara on Tuesday 4 February.
 
When was the last time you asked for a raise? A promotion? Are you settling for less than you are worth? The workshop allowed participants to discover their self-sabotaging beliefs and actions, and most importantly what do to about them to start generating better results. 

We were very fortunate to welcome Blanca Vergara, Money Mindset Mentor from Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She is the author of several books among others ‘Unstoppable You’ and ‘Women Work Wonders’. Blanca has over 25 years of international business experience and degrees in Information Technology, Coaching and an MBA.

Roundtable on Gender Equality in the EU's Foreign and Security Policy

January 26, 2020

WIIS Brussels had the pleasure to co-organize with the Center for Feminist Foreign Policy (CFFP) an expert roundtable in support of two Members of the European Parliament, Hannah Neumann (Greens/EFA/Germany) and Ernest Urtasun (Greens/EFA/Spain), brainstorming on their input to an upcoming European Parliament report on “Gender Equality in the EU’s Foreign and Security Policy”.

 

The expert roundtable took place on 27 January 2020, at the Heinrich Böll Stiftung, and was attended by approximately 20 experts in the fields of gender equality, International Security, and EU Foreign and Security Policy, with key stakeholders from the EU institutions, NATO, OSCE, the EU Member States, as well as civil society organizations.

 

Participants offered their perspectives and the benefit of their experiences in an effort to take stock of past achievements and consider possible recommendations towards an EU feminist foreign and security policy.

Image credit: EEAS

POSTPONED - Towards a common European strategic culture: La Fabrique Défense

December 10, 2019

This event has been postponed due to strikes in France. We are working on a new date and will confirm as soon as possible: 

 

The European defence project has made unprecedented progress since 2016, yet many still lament a lack of a common strategic culture as a key remaining obstacle to further achievements. PESCO, the future European Defence Fund, and the European Commission’s upcoming DG Defence all herald a new era of cooperation. Europe’s armed forces have shown that operational cooperation works, so how can a shared strategic culture be fostered among European policymakers?

 

French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly recently launched an initiative,  La Fabrique Défense, with two key objectives: to strengthen the link between Armed Forces and the nation, with a special focus on young people, and to build a common European strategic culture. 

 

Women in International Security (WIIS) Brussels, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) and CEIS invite you to a roundtable focused on how a common strategic culture could enable the full realisation of European defence cooperation.

 

The event will feature:

  • Welcome by Major General Lugart Claes, Commander of the Belgian Royal Military Academy

  • Introductory remarks by General Luc de Rancourt, Deputy Director of Strategy at the French Ministry of Armed Forces

  • Testimonials from young professionals in defence

    • Captain Pieter Balcaen, Military Teaching Assistant at the Belgian Royal Military Academy

    • Fleur Richard-Tixier, consultant at CEIS 

    • Kévin Martin, intern at the French Military Representation to the EU

  • Reactions by 

    • Nathalie Loiseau, Chair of the Subcommittee on Security and Defence of the European Parliament

    • General Karl Heinz Krieb, Senior Political Military Advisor at the German Permanent Representation to the EU

    • General Jean-Paul Paloméros, senior advisor at CEIS and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Transformation. 

 

Debates will be moderated by Pauline Massart, Deputy Head of Office of CEIS’s European Office, and Vice President of WIIS Brussels.

Christmas Happy Hour

December 04, 2019

With the holiday season and the end of the year approaching fast, WIIS Brussels was delighted to welcome members for our Christmas Happy Hour on Thursday 5th December 2019.

 

Providing for a cosy and festive atmosphere, this informal gathering was a great opportunity for our members and any interested non-members to reflect on the activities that WIIS Brussels has undertaken throughout the year, and to explore and discuss potential future initiatives.

All attendees were invited to share their personal thoughts, suggestions and expectations in view of the planned activities of WIIS Brussels for a successful year of 2020.

What’s next for NATO in a digital era?

December 02, 2019

As NATO Leaders meet in London in early December, 6 WIIS members from around Europe and North America were selected for an exciting programme! The initiative is run by a consortium made up of WIIS Brussels, WIIS DC, WIIS France and WIIS UK, which received over 50 applications from all WIIS chapters. The 6 candidates will attend the NATO Engages event and will meet a number of government officials from allied governments and leading think-tankers. These meetings will serve as food for thought before the 6 candidates team up in pairs to co-write papers on how far digital transformation and new technologies will impact the future of NAT0 and record a number of podcasts on related topics.

 

The 6 selected candidates are:

Gabrielle Tarini, Policy Analyst at RAND, American, WIIS DC

Kulani Abendroth-Dias, Behavioral Science Consultant at United Nations Peace building Secretariat, Sri Lankan, WIIS Brussels

Clodagh Quain, Security and Defence Researcher at The Institute of International & European Affairs (IIEA), Irish, WIIS Austria 

Carolin Kiefer, Technical Officer at EUROCORPS and Student - Master of International Security Studies at The University of German Armed Forces, German, WIIS.de

 Nadka Kovalcikova, GMF Program Manager, Slovakian, WIIS Brussels

 Isabelle Roccia, Senior Policy Manager at BSA, French, WIIS Brussels

 

Make sure to follow their progress on social media! And watch this space for upcoming papers & podcasts.

Conversation with MEP Hannah Neumann and MEP Samira Rafaela

November 18, 2019

WIIS Brussels was pleased to host a conversation with two inspiring female Members of the European Parliament, Hannah Neumman and Samira Rafaela on Tuesday 19 November 2019.

 

The conversation revolved around “Empowering Women in the Security Sector”. Both MEPs shared their experience and insights of their own career path. Discussions was held under Chatham House rules.

Hannah Neumann represents the Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance in the European Parliament. Hannah is Chair Delegation for relations with the Arab Peninsula, Vice-Chair on the Subcommittee for Human Rights, Member of Subcommittee on Security and Defence. Hannah continuously advocates the importance of Women, Peace and Security and the need for adopting an inclusive approach to security.

Samira Rafaela represents the liberal Dutch Democraten D66 in the European Parliament. Samira is member of the committees on International Trade, Women’s Rights and Gender Equality, Delegation to the EU-Chile Joint Parliamentary Committee and the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly. In her previous role she was the driving force behind implementing the diversity and inclusion policy for the Dutch National Police.

Policy debate on women in special forces

November 13, 2019

WIIS Brussels and GMF were pleased to host a policy debate on women in special forces on Thursday, 14 November 2019.

Speaker: Delphine Resteigne, Professor, Belgian Royal Military Academy

Speaker: Tom Van der Spiegel, Human Domain Advisor and Gender Advisor, Belgian Special Forces Group

Moderator: Charlotte Isaksson, Senior Gender Expert to EEAS Principal Advisor on Gender (PAG) and on UNSCR 1325/WPS

 

Highly trained, physically fit, emotionally stable and ready to be deployed into the most complex and dangerous missions, this is the typical image which comes to mind when thinking about special forces. First, it is a matter of equal (employment) opportunities to also open special forces to female soldiers, as long as they meet certain requirements. But secondly, new types of conflict make it ever more important also for special forces to interact with the society of the host country. In many traditional societies, foreign men in uniform have no or only limited access to women - half of the country’s population - and therefore miss out on important aspects of understanding the host country. Here, female special forces members or female support teams can be the solution. 

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