The European Women's Academy is our annual state-of-the-art training programme, in cooperation with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation and the European Liberal Forum, for female politicians aimed at inspiring and enriching them with the knowledge and tools to be successful in their upcoming elections and in their future political careers.
After successful programmes in 2016 and 2017, the 2018 edition was launched earlier this year. On 8-11 June the 30 ambitious participants from all over Europe gathered for the second session of this year’s programme in Potsdam, Germany.
Second session of #EuropeanWomensAcademy in Potsdam has just started! It is so great to see all my liberal female friends from all over Europe again :) #ELFevent #EWA #ALDEParty pic.twitter.com/xsGQofAIwR— Joanna Burnos (@BurnosJoanna) June 8, 2018
For this session, the participants continued their work on their campaign plans and developed their skills in canvassing, public speaking, messaging and social media. They also worked on the concrete challenges women face in politics, and how to turn these into strengths.
The session also included inspirational speeches by 2016 EWA alumna and Chair of the German Bundestag Finance Committee, Bettina Stark-Watzinger MdB and by Ria Schröder, Leader of the FDP Young Liberals (JuLis).
.@ria_schroeder, newly elected leader of @jungeliberale: "Women shouldn't see other #women as their opponents - if we choose to support each other, we're so much stronger" #WomensAcademy pic.twitter.com/q9yFwjjlTI— ALDE Party (@ALDEParty) June 10, 2018
ALDE Party Vice President Annelou van Egmond also joined the participants on their last day to share her personal experience on navigating politics as a woman.
The hashtag for the programme #WomensAcademy was trending topic on Twitter in Belgium.
Stay tuned for updates ahead of the 3rd and final session of 2018 on 4-7 October! You can find more information about the first session in April and the names of the 2018 participants here and about the European Women’s Academy programme here.
Ian Marquardt, trainer on #campaign plan & strategy: “It's easy for people to choose status quo. What they need is a credible alternative - someone who shows they will do a better job for them" #WomensAcademy pic.twitter.com/pX5Q5lY0d6— ALDE Party (@ALDEParty) June 9, 2018
Once more politically active women all over the Europe is coming together to #EWA to peer learn how to pass on the message and reach out to the communities. Thanks Max for data knowledge. This time in #FNF office in Potsdam #ELFEvent #ELFfamouse #WomensAcademy pic.twitter.com/ycMcuZ6rH3— Airis Meier (@AirisMeier) June 8, 2018
Full day training on messaging with Grace Pardy: “You all have a story. And you all have a message. You have to make it speak to people & you have to make it stick." #WomensAcademy pic.twitter.com/mRDdaXA5iG— ALDE Party (@ALDEParty) June 10, 2018
🇪🇺@susanasolisp, diputada de @Cs_Madrid, participa hoy en la II Sesión de formación en liderazgo para mujeres liberales, de la Academia Europea de Mujeres (#EWA) organizada en #Potsdam (Alemania) por @FNFreiheit #WomensAcademy, #ELFEvent pic.twitter.com/eHw337SsZ5— Ciudadanos Europa 🇪🇺🇪🇸 (@Cs_Europa) June 9, 2018