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Interactive Workshop: Exploring a cyber threat intelligence case

Interactive Workshop: Exploring a cyber threat intelligence case

We’re excited to invite you to an interactive workshop ‘Exploring a cyber threat intelligence case’ with Jamila Boutemeur on Thursday, October 11 from 18:30-20:00 (on Zoom). 

In this session, we will go over the China-Taiwan situation and discuss the cyber aspect of the topic, notably in the light of the recent tensions between China, Taiwan, and the US. 

About the trainer: 

Jamila Boutemeur is a senior cyber threat analyst. As an alumni of the Institut Supérieur de l’Armement et de la Défense she has been working in private and public defence and cyberdefence-related entities in France and abroad. As a vocal champion for cyber awareness, she is actively involved in several cyber vulgarisation initiatives as a trainer and speaker. 

Sign up now by emailing us at training@wiis-brussels.org. Please note that this event is for members only and spaces are limited. If you’re not a member yet, please join our community and become a new member of WIIS Brussels. Once you’ve signed up, you will receive a Zoom link to join the event. Please do not share this link with others.


Picture credit: Flickr / CC - Christiaan Colen

Autumn Happy Hour

Autumn Happy Hour

To soften the end of the summer break and kick off the Autumn season, WIIS Brussels is delighted to invite you to our next Happy Hour on Tuesday 20 September

Happy Hours are a great opportunity to catch up with fellow WIIS Brussels Members and to introduce WIIS Brussels to new faces, all while sipping a refreshing drink.

Seven months into Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine, it will also be an occasion to commemorate World Peace Day, taking place in the same week. The values celebrated on this day embody the aspirations of WIIS Brussels, and we look forward  to hosting you and exchanging ideas on ways we can all contribute.

The event is free for WIIS Brussels members. However, feel free to invite a friend, as non-members are equally welcome (but will be charged EUR 10 at the door). WIIS Brussels will offer snacks and one drink per person. 

Places are limited so please register your attendance by clicking HERE.

We look forward to seeing many of you on 20 September!

Farewell to Ambassador Marisa Gerards, Permanent Representative of the Joint Delegation of the Netherlands to NATO

Farewell to Ambassador Marisa Gerards, Permanent Representative of the Joint Delegation of the Netherlands to NATO

WIIS Brussels gathered its members from the NATO community (its WIIS@nato group) to celebrate a very special woman who has been a staunch supporter of our association and a leading example of inclusive and collective leadership in our midst since 2018. She has helped us promote WIIS through panel discussions and events, and supported our creative ideas and happy hours. She has also been there for us when things were difficult. We were grateful for the opportunity to organize a very personal farewell to thank her for all she has done for us collectively and individually, and to wish her the best going forward. We will miss you Marisa! A special community is looking for a Godmother.

Consultation on Security with Yemeni women working on the WPS agenda

Consultation on Security with Yemeni women working on the WPS agenda

In the framework of the WIIS Brussels series of consultations on the evolving concept of security, WIIS Brussels organised and hosted a Consultation on Security with Yemeni women working on the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda who visited Brussels on 21 June. The women shared their understanding of the changing security environment in Yemen and the women’s role in it based on the findings from their research and personal experience. They engaged in a conversation with WIIS Brussels members to reflect together on the role communities play in shaping a secure environment for us all. The women’s contribution to the WIIS Brussels Consultations on Security was enabled through the Supporting Arab Women at the Table (SAWT) project, funded by the European Union (EU), led by the Arab Reform Initiative (ARI) and implemented through country partners.

WIIS Brussels Steering Committee Retreat

WIIS Brussels Steering Committee Retreat

WIIS Brussels steering committee, which runs the day-to-day activities of this Belgian chapter of Women in International Security met in person after two solid years under Covid restrictions to reignite the fire that binds us together and energizes us, as we volunteer for a cause that matters to us deeply. We took stock of our activities and assessed the impact of not being able to meet in person for so long. We brainstormed on where we wanted to take WIIS Brussels moving forward. We renewed our commitment to the community of women in international security, its values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We will strive for more in-person meetings, Covid restrictions permitting. We will reinforce our efforts towards collective leadership, and reaching out to those whose voices are not heard. We will have fun and reconnect with our members through “Happy Hours”. We will continue to provide a safe space to discuss issues from soft to hardcore security in an increasingly polarized geo-political security environment where women rights get overturned, while discrimination and violence facing women worldwide are unrelenting

Private Screening - Notes from Brussels

Private Screening - Notes from Brussels

WIIS Brussels organized with the joint Delegation of the Netherlands to NATO a private screening of the documentary film “Notes from Brussels” by film director Nadine van Loon. This was an opportunity to follow three women and their drive to keep ahead in Brussels’ fast-paced institutions while pursuing their European dream. It was an opportunity to discuss among colleagues within the Organization and the film director issues of female leadership, international careers, the future of work and well-being at work. For WIIS Brussels, it was yet another occasion to stress the importance of the human face behind the competitive professional setting from a female perspective and discuss organizational culture.

War in Ukraine: What's next? Conversation with Dr. Rosa Balfour

War in Ukraine: What's next? Conversation with Dr. Rosa Balfour

On 24 February, we all woke up to images of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Despite weeks of warning, much of the world was caught by surprise. To help you make sense of the unfolding crisis, we’d like to invite you to join a WIIS Brussels Conversation with Dr. Rosa Balfour, Director of Carnegie Europe. This conversation will take place on Wednesday, 2 March 2022 starting at 20:00. The event will be held digitally, and a Zoom access link will be made available upon registration.

Rosa’s fields of expertise include European politics, institutions, and foreign and security policy. Her current research focuses on the relationship between domestic politics and Europe’s global role. She has researched and published widely for academia, think tanks, and the international press on issues relating to European politics and international relations. She has a few other hats, including her membership in the WIIS Brussels Steering Committee.

Prior to joining Carnegie Europe, Rosa was a senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. She was also director of the Europe in the World program at the European Policy Centre in Brussels, and has worked as a researcher in Rome and London.

There is no better person to help us understand what’s happening: how do Russia’s actions threaten Ukraine’s sovereignty and its future, what are the consequences for European security and the post-Cold War international order, and how can a community like WIIS Brussels bear its commitment to the field of peace, security and defense.

Sign up now by emailing us at info@wiis-brussels.org


Please note that this event is for members only. If you’re not a member yet, join our community and become a new member of WIIS Brussels. Once you’ve signed up, you will receive a zoom link to join the event. Please do not share this link with others.

Online Workshop: Prepare to be Powerful!

Online Workshop: Prepare to be Powerful!

We’re excited to invite you to an interactive workshop ‘Prepare to be Powerful!’ with Dion Johnson on Wednesday, February 23 from 18:30-20:00.

The pandemic, Brexit and global racial tensions have changed the game and pressure and new demands are high. In this interactive talk, Dion will share three powerful keys to unlock a whole new dimension of influence and impact for women leading their people forward to a new normal in challenging times like these, without the need to sacrifice their health, energy, ethics, enthusiasm or self-esteem. Come expecting stories, strategies and a good dose of Straight-talk to help you step into your authentic power and influence.


About the trainer


Dion Johnson, also known as the Womanologist, is an ex-midwife and Director in public services. She is a multi-award-winning Women's champion with the re-powerment of women at the heart of her work. She works as Master Coach, Strategic Ally and Trusted Advisor to some of the most influential women across sectors and industries. Her clients are Chief executives, Directors and Heads across sectors because when these women truly thrive (not just act like they are thriving) so do boards, organisations, industries and ultimately our world.

Dion was born with a pronounced facial disfigurement Her story of ‘unmasking’ is a powerful metaphor that is now captivating and inspiring leaders across the globe to “Show Up, Speak Up and Shake Things the hell Up”, authentically, within their sphere of influence too. She’s passionate about and uniquely skilled to help women rise above professional challenges and #BeMoreInfluential in their roles and her new book ‘Influential Woman: A fresh approach to tackling inequality and leading change at work’ receives positive reviews from readers around the globe.

To find out more visit: http://thewomanologist.com or https://www.linkedin.com/in/dion-johnson-the-womanologist-123756a/


Sign up now by emailing us at training@wiis-brussels.org. Please note that this event is for members only and spaces are limited. If you’re not a member yet, join our community and become a new member of WIIS Brussels. Once you’ve signed up, you will receive a Zoom link to join the event. Please do not share this link with others.    

WIIS Brussels Moms Power Hour

WIIS Brussels Moms Power Hour

We were excited to hold our monthly ‘WIIS Moms Power Hour’ on Friday, 3 December. The objective of this monthly networking event is to create a welcoming space for (future) WIIS Moms to connect, to be inspired, and to lift each other up. The Power Hour offers a supportive space for conversations that matter. The event is guided by inspirational input and facilitated by Daria Nashat. The theme of this week's Power Hour was an end of the year reflection.


The informal ‘WIIS Moms Power Hour’ is a drop-in event and no RSVP is required. Our guiding principles are:

  • we are fully present for and with each other (please join us with your video on)

  • we bring our whole experience; we speak and listen from the heart

  • we practice gratitude, (self-)compassion, and non-judgment

  • we respect that was is being said in this circle stays in this circle.


About the facilitator


Daria Nashat is the co-founder of ‘Women in Politics’, speaker and trainer on inclusive leadership, new narratives, and selfcare. She is a mother with a vision, a community builder and a circle process facilitator. Daria is a certified Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) trainer, co-founder of the Women’s Sanctuary Circle and has a background in peacebuilding, refugee return and post-conflict development. Since 2020, she is a WIIS Brussels Steering Committee member. For more information visit: www.darianashat.com

Online Workshop: The power of personal style

Online Workshop: The power of personal style

We were excited to organise the interactive workshop ‘The power of personal style’ with image consultant Tammy Parish on Tuesday, November 23rd from 12:30-14:00.


You don’t have to wear a grey suit to fit in or get ahead! The key is to stand out while fitting in. Dress and grooming are excellent ways to achieve this. Increase your visibility and showcase your authentic self for professional success, without saying a word. By using the elements of style, you can boost your self-esteem and powerfully communicate your message.


About the trainer


Tammy Parrish is an image consultant who teaches women practical tools to use their physical appearance to boost their confidence and professional success. Her career started 25 years ago in the fashion industry in New York City, then migrated to NGOs, where she was a fundraiser for many nonprofit organisations for almost 20 years. In 2019 she started The Clothing Compass to empower women through personal style. Tammy is an American-Dutch citizen living in Amsterdam. You can link with her https://www.linkedin.com/in/tammy-parrish/ on Linkedin or her website https://www.clothingcompass.com/

Women and the Climate Crisis: COP26 and Beyond

Women and the Climate Crisis: COP26 and Beyond

WIIS Brussels was delighted to host the online event "Women and the Climate Crisis: COP26 and Beyond", in collaboration with the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), as part of its Young Transatlantic Network of Future Leaders series. It was held on Monday, 22 November from 2 to 3 pm. 


Climate change is one of the greatest global challenges of the twenty-first century. Yet, its impacts vary by gender. Women are increasingly viewed as more vulnerable, mainly as they represent the majority of the world’s poor and are proportionally more dependent on threatened resources. Differential roles and responsibilities and less access to land, credit, decisionmaking structures, training, and technology also curtail their capacity to adapt to climate actions.


Any meaningful international effort to address climate change needs to include women in decisionmaking structures, policy formulation, and implementation. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change has acknowledged the differentiated impact and recognized the importance of gender balance in climate delegations and gender considerations in climate actions. However, COP26 continues to demonstrate a stark contrast between the young women leading the protests and those who run global talks. There remains a clear gap in gender, generation, and perception of the summit's achievements.


We explored the COP26 conference, what was discussed, what was decided upon, what was left out, and how we move forward with a focus on gender issues.

 

Speakers

  • Monica Sanders, Managing Director, Environmental Justice Program, Georgetown University

  • Elizabeth Smith, Research Assistant, Climate Change and Risk Programme, SIPRI

  • Antoinette Vermilye, Co-Founder, She Changes Climate

  • Annika Vollmer, Moderator, The German Marshall Fund of the United States

Online Workshop: How to build emotional firewalls and minimise the pain of the new cyber war on women

Online Workshop: How to build emotional firewalls and minimise the pain of the new cyber war on women

Online spaces are being systematically weaponised to exclude women leaders and to undermine the role of women in public life. Attacks on women using hateful language, rumours and gendered stereotypes combine personal attacks with political motivations, making online spaces dangerous places for women to speak out. Left unchecked, this phenomenon of gendered disinformation, spread by state and non-state actors, poses a serious threat to women’s equal participation in the digital age.

During this training session, Nadja El Fertasi provided practical emotional intelligence strategies to build emotional firewalls to help you minimize the pain of unethical online behaviour. Emotional Intelligence (EI) is a set of emotional and social skills that influences how we perceive and express ourselves, develop and maintain social relationships, cope with challenges, and use emotional information effectively and in a meaningful way. Emotional Intelligence is proven to be a key indicator of human performance and development. People higher in EI communicate effectively, form strong relationships, and create powerful coping strategies.


About the trainer


Nadja is a senior strategic advisor and crisis management exercise specialist in the field of cyber security. She leverages her expertise and know-how in crisis management, strategic stakeholder engagement, and emotional intelligence to provide a holistic approach to addressing the human factor of cybersecurity. Nadja has worked for nearly two decades at NATO, the world’s largest crisis management organization. To learn more about Nadja and her work to minimize the pain of cyber crime, please visit https://www.thrivewitheq.com.