European Women’s Academy: ready to win


European Women’s Academy: ready to win


If you want to change things, first you have to get elected.’ That is the motto of the European Women’s Academy. For the proportion of women in the national parliaments of EU member states is still only 27.68 per cent. The women taking part in this year’s European Women’s Academy are determined to change this and are ready to fight: they want an end to male dominance in parliaments. A three-part training programme provides liberal female politicians with the knowledge and tools to accomplish this. In the first of three sessions, a team of first-class trainers gave advice on what matters at public appearances, how to deal with difficult situations when campaigning on the doorstep, and how to put together a campaign plan. The primary focus of all training units is trust in one’s own qualities and abilities. ‘Don’t leave your success to other factors. Consider: what’s in my control? What’s beyond my control? If you can control something, own it,’ says Kiki Thiessen-Bakker, former campaign manager of the Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte.

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Anne Brasseur, member of the Board of Trustees of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, shared her experiences as a minister in Luxembourg and how, as the author of the ‘Good Football Governance’ report of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, she stood up to the powerful organisation that is FIFA. Marie Bjerre, EWA participant last year and a member of the Danish parliament since 2019, shows it is possible to successfully combine family life and work. As the young mother of a five-week-old daughter, the politician told participants of her everyday life between parliamentary work and changing nappies. Since the European Women’s Academy was initiated by a partnership between the European Liberal Forum, ALDE Party, and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, 58 women have gone through the Academy and performed successfully in elections. In 2019, four ‘graduates’ of the 2018 European Women’s Academy were elected to the European Parliament.

The participants of the European Women's Academy want to break the male dominance in the parliaments