From November 30 - December 2, 2016, The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), Brussels, will host ExCHANGE — a transatlantic convening bringing together a delegation of advocates from 40 organizations in the U.S. and EU devoted to advancing women in politics. The convening will feature panels, study visits, and discussions to incubate and accelerate innovative best practices for promoting women in political leadership in the European Union and the United States. On December 2, young diverse elected leaders from GMF’s Transatlantic Inclusion Leaders Network will meet with the delegation to analyze intersectional politics in the context of GMF’s work in diversity and inclusion in the U.S. and abroad.
The purpose of ExCHANGE is to reflect on how the U.S. and EU have taken different approaches to achieving gender equality in politics, and each has realized moderate successes with distinct methods in recent years. Advocates for women’s advancement in politics and elected office on both sides of the Atlantic have much to learn from each other, yet until now, there has not been an opportunity to come together, sharing best practices, and devising new, globally informed strategies. The delegation members will form the basis of a transatlantic community dedicated to the issue or promoting women’s political leadership.
Reta Jo Lewis, Director of Congressional Affairs and Senior Fellow, will be leading the U.S. delegation. This event is in collaboration with the European Women’s Lobby and the Reflective Democracy Campaign, and funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme of the European Union, the Barbara Lee Foundation, the Reflective Democracy Campaign, and the U.S. Mission to the EU.
To RSVP contact Carolin Löprich at firstname.lastname@example.org.