Coppieters Academy 2018: Gender Equality in a Changing Europe - Brussels


  • To understand political, economic and social transformations and ruptures around Europe from a feminist perspective;
  • To improve your campaigning and advocacy skills on the rights of girls, women and LGBTQI persons and their community;
  • To explore the concept of intersectionality by thinking critically about overlapping identities (gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, race, migrant/citizenship, age, ability etc.), and to examine how to apply intersectionality in your daily life and activism;
  • To reflect on building solidarity across social movements, borders, and generations;
  • To provide you with knowledge and understanding of European institutions and policy-making on issues of gender;
  • To experience the city of Brussels from a feminist perspective.

Who can apply?

  • Individuals with an interest in gender equality, women’s rights and LGBTQI rights
  • Young students, professionals and activists between 18 and 30 years of age
  • Individuals living in the European Union or EU Candidate countries
  • Individuals with a good level of English

We particularly encourage applications from women from diverse backgrounds (in terms of minority nationality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, origin, religion, etc.).

How to apply?

To apply as a participant, please fill out the form here!

Registration will close on the 15th of April 2018.


Day 1 – 10th July

10:00 Introduction

  • Welcome words by Coppieters Foundation + overview of program and activities
  • Icebreakers and energizers

11:30 Lecture and discussion

13:00 Sandwich lunch

14:00 What is intersectionality? Critical race theory and feminist theory/practice

15:30 Brux-elles: A feminist tour of Brussels

  • This tour explores the history of women and how they shaped the city of Brussels, from artists and craftswomen, to nuns, queens, and governesses. What were their roles in society? Under what circumstances did they live as women? What marks have they left behind?

Day 2 – 11th July

10:00 Workshop: How to campaign for women’s and girl’s rights?

12:00 Lunch

13:00 World café workshop: How can women progress through education?

14:00 Fundamentalisms and neoliberalism in Europe: What are the impacts on women and minorities?

15:00 Coffee break

15:30 Women, borders and human rights

16:30 Indigenous women’s rights – a story of under-reported feminist struggles

Day 3 – 12th July

09:30 Accreditation to the European Parliament

10:00 Tour of the European Parliament

11:00 Meeting with Jill Evans, Member of European Parliament

11:30 Mobilizing and campaigning for LGBTQI rights – views from European institutions and civil society

12:30 Lunch at the European Parliament cafeteria

14:00 Film screening

15:30 Workshop: How can we build solidarity across social movements?

  • Led by Alan Sandry from the University of Swansea

17:00 Wrap-up and evaluation

  • What have learned? What actions can we take when we return home? What are our plans?
  • Certificates of participation

18:00 Good-bye drinks at Place Luxembourg

  • Experience a Brussels ‘tradition’ of getting drinks in front of the European Parliament at Place Luxembourg on Thursday evenings.


All out-of-town participants will be lodged in the Meininger Hotel, a modern hostel-hotel, formerly a factory, in the Charleroi-Brussels canal. Participants will stay in rooms of 2 or 3.


The price for Coppieters Academy 2017 is: (1) €300 for participants who live outside of Brussels or (2) €200 for Brussels-based participants. This fee includes:

  • accommodation for 4 nights*
  • reimbursement of up to €200 in travel expenses upon receipt of a completed reimbursement form and all supplementary documents (boarding passes, receipts, tickets etc)*
  • breakfast, lunch, and coffee breaks
  • courses and materials
  • certificate of participation
  • goody bag with gifts

* Only for out of town participants who pay fee (1).

What is the Coppieters Academy?

The Coppieters Academy is a three-day intensive study programme at the heart of Europe’s political capital, in which participants gain an in-depth knowledge on the European Union through a series of lectures, interactive workshops and study visits.

The Coppieters Academy is an opportunity for participants to share and exchange ideas with prominent scholars and researchers, policy-makers at diverse European institutions and other experienced practitioners. The sessions will be practically oriented aiming to inspire and encourage participants to think critically, reflect, investigate and learn from each other.

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When: 10-12 of July, 2018
Where: Coppieters Foundation and European Parliament


To register, please fill in the form here!

Get involved:

Share your views about the course on Twitter @ideasforeurope.eu with the hashtag #CoppietersAcademy. Facebook event page coming soon.


Media inquiries can be addressed to info@ideasforeurope.eu

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This event is financially supported by the European Parliament. The European Parliament is not liable for the content of the conference or the opinions of the speakers.