Logo of the Brussels Binder Beyond (networked dots)

Supported by the European Commission, Brussels Binder Beyond (BBBeyond) builds upon The Brussels Binder initiative with the idea to bring the efforts of The Brussels Binder “Beyond” Brussels, across Europe. BBBeyond aims to achieve the following objectives:

  1. Build a pan-European network of women expert databases, think-tanks and like-minded organisations across Europe that not only raises awareness of the issue of underrepresentation of women, but creates a synergy and collaborative space to promote women’s visibility. 
  2. Together with the creation of synergies from the BBBeyond network, improve the usage of existing women expert databases, share best practices and build an online repository that will gather them in one single place – The Brussels Binder website!
  3. Co-create practical tools for diverse and innovative convening which includes the development of toolkits on: How to encourage women to step forward & become visible; How to do innovative convening & prevent manels; How to empower male allies to become better advocates; How to build demand among journalists, policy makers & event organisers; and How to connect our respective initiatives.

By fostering an inclusive and solution-focused environment for knowledge transfer and best practice exchange, the BBBeyond will facilitate a series of community building activities that focuses on co-creation and peer-learning for the development of quality control tools and recommendations for diverse and innovative convening. Check out the video below on the first BBBeyond workshop and read about it on our blog!

So far over 80 like-minded organisations, think-tanks and women expert databases, representing 19 European countries have joined the BBBeyond network. If you are interested in joining the network and would like to know more about BBBeyond, you can contact the Project Coordinator, Emma Rainey at

The Brussels Binder along with its BBBeyond partners Bruegel and The German Marshall Fund of the United States, offers a practical solution to change the imbalance of gender representation while encouraging women to step up and for event organisers to do things differently. 

What we are currently working on…

  • Co-creating toolkits with members of the BBBeyond Network that promotes women’s empowerment, network building, innovative and diverse convening, building demand from journalists and how to be a male ally.
  • Organising peer-to-peer exchanges with similar initiatives in Ireland, Italy, Czech Republic, Spain, Slovenia, Slovakia and the Netherlands where The Brussels Binder will visit to share best practices on database creation, networking building, fundraising, etc.
  • Surveying think-tanks across Europe on the use of gender tracking tools and encourage self-monitoring on gender diversity performance at events.
  • Developing an online repository of women expert databases across Europe for The Brussels Binder website.

The BBBeyond project is funded by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020).