Our conversation with the Brussels Express

This week we had an opportunity to talk to Rosetti Rivera of Brussels Express. She wanted to get an insight into our philosophy and motivation – what made us want to shake up the Brussels panel-scene? – but also, understand the multifaceted root cause of gender imbalance when it comes to perceiving expertise and inclusion.

“’People are not necessarily always aware of the issue, they are just used to all-male panels. It’s not always a matter of discrimination. The issue is that sometimes event organizers tend to think about existing names without looking for new speakers. Even members of the audience don’t always notice there are no women,’ […]

If women are not included intentionally, the system will unintentionally exclude them, as Australian human rights commissioner Elizabeth Broderick once said. ‘And that’s why it’s very important that we make a new normal, that we change how things are,’ says Paola [of the Brussels Binder].”

Read the full interview here.


Two (first) big grants won by the BB!

We are happy to announce that we have won two major grants this year from the Open Society Initiative for Europe, within the Open Society Foundations, and the European Commission’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship (REC) programme, DG JUST! Our team has worked hard to put these applications together and was rewarded just in time to tuck the fruit of these efforts under the Christmas tree!

The two grants will help us focus on capacity- and community-building, knowledge transfer to like-minded organisations and aspiring databases, and will contribute to the overall improvement of our database and website. In this framework, we are also excited to kick-start the “Brussels Binder Beyond”, a project that will take the idea of the Binder beyond borders, and support the development of existing initiatives into fully-fledged databases. All this, while raising awareness of the need for gender equal representation all around Europe.

The Brussels Binder is one year old!

Save the Date for the BB’s first anniversary!

The Brussels Binder will be celebrating its first year anniversary on Tuesday, 26 February 2019 in a beautiful venue: the Beursschouwburg, in central Brussels. We are preparing a special programme for our friends and guests, all of which will be revealed next year. Until then, save the date in your calendars!

A lot has happened in the first year of our existence – we have gathered over 900 amazing female experts, and the number keeps on rising.

We also look forward to the adventures ahead – we aim to (at least) double this number and take the Binder to several EU member states!

Binder in Beyond Brussels

Two of our team members, Charlotte Brandsma and Paola Maniga, were interviewed last week for The Beyond Brussels Podcast.


In the interview, they reflected on the two big events we had in the beginning of the year (the launch of the Binder and a presentation on “How the Brussels Binder came to life”), but also, expanded on the motivation behind the creation of the Brussels Binder, how the team came together, what is at the core of the #manels problem, and how we envisage the Binder will help.


Give it a listen and a share:


Help Us Find a Venue for the Launch of the Binder

We are looking for a venue for the launch event in early November – reach out if you or someone you know want to get involved! The event will gather around 400 participants from the Brussels policy community and crown our fundraising campaign.

Get in touch with us as events@brusselsbinder.org