Democracy and participation, Social inclusion

Women Bridging Brussels


Who is behind this?

Emily Riley

Brussels League Of Badass Women


Idea Sketch


Idea pitch

Women in Brussels experience high levels of discrimination, harassment, violence and unemployment (up to 38%). Our priorities are woefully underrepresented in public life and policies. In the 2nd most diverse city in the world, we seek to connect local, international and socio-cultural constituencies via “open space” debates on issues affecting women in Brussels, Belgium and the EU for concrete actions to shape public discourse, design solutions to mutual challenges and advance female leadership

Where will your idea take place?

Brussels, Belgium, Capital of Europe

Why does Europe need your idea?

We plan to overcome the democratic deficit deterring women’s engagement in public life and policy making in Brussels, combat the rise of demagogic populism in Europe, and strengthen women’s rights.

What is your impact?

Collective civic action by women from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds will increase female representation and change Brussels, national Belgian and EU policies affecting women through concrete actions which may include policy “asks,” decision-maker advocacy, voter mobilization, etc.

How do you get there?

Brussels League volunteers, working through extensive personal and professional networks, will organize workshops to generate collective action. The “open space” methodology is inherently innovative and democratic: Participants define the agenda on-site based on their most pressing and urgent concerns. Volunteers lead discussion on each topic identified and facilitate the discussion toward consensus and outcomes: policy recommendations and concrete actions that participants can take forward.

What is your story?

Collective action among diverse constituencies strengthen local, national and EU policies affecting women and overcome obstacles to women's full engagement in professional and public life. The Brussels League’s 535 volunteers have helped each other solve problems and mobilized civic action.

Who are you doing it for?

For women who feel voiceless and don’t realize the support that is possible through networks, connections and groups that already exist in Brussels. By bridging diverse women’s groups across cultural, linguistic and social-economic divides, we plan to strengthen women’s collective democratic voice.

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

We are activists and organizers in training and are hungry for mentoring and advice! if you have used open space debate methodology or have experience with a similar concept in your location, please give us inspiration. We are here to learn and develop!





Idea created on Jan. 17, 2018

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