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 30th of March 2018.


Day 1 – 10th July

  • Women and power
  • Women and the economy
  • What is intersectionality? Critical race theory and feminist theory/practice
  • Brux-elles: A feminist tour of Brussels

Day 2 – 11th July

  • How to campaign for women’s and girl’s rights at EU institutions?
  • How can women progress through education?
  • Fundamentalisms and neoliberalism in Europe: What are the impacts on women and minorities?
  • Women, borders and human rights
  • Indigenous women’s rights – a story of under-reported feminist struggles

Day 3 – 12th July

  • Tour of the European Parliament
  • Meeting of Members of European Parliament
  • Documentary screening on reproductive justice at the European Parliament
  • LGBTQI rights in Europe
  • How can we build solidarity across social movements?
  • Good-bye drinks at Place Luxembourg

A more detailed program with names of speakers and participating organisations will be released soon.


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.