Just months ahead of the upcoming 2024 European elections, this event addressed the critical issue of women representation in European politics. While significant strides have been made, women continue to be underrepresented in political leadership roles across the European Union.

It served as a platform to discuss the challenges encountered by women in politics, whether during their campaigns or while in office. It will also serve as an occasion to celebrate their accomplishments and inspire upcoming generations to actively engage in political discussions and leadership roles.

The event fostered an environment conducive to open and constructive dialogues among young Members of the European Parliament from diverse political affiliations, encouraging the exchange of ideas and sharing of experiences. Ultimately, the objective is to advance the cause of gender equality in politics by shedding light on existing disparities and advocating for more inclusive and equitable political systems.

This event took place at the Microsoft Centre Brussels, Rue Montoyer 51, Brussels.




Shada Islam, EU commentator and Winner of the Women of Europe – Woman in Media 2023 Award.


08:45 - 09:00

Registrations & Welcome

09:00 - 09:30


09:30 - 09:35

Welcome address by Microsoft European Government Affairs Vice-President Nanna-Louise Linde

09:35 - 10:30

Panel discussion and Q&A

10:30 - 10:35

Closing remarks by Petros Fassoulas, Secretary General, European Movement International


Saskia Bricmont

Member of the European Parliament, Greens/EFA

Saskia Bricmont is heading the Ecolo’s list for the 2024 European elections. She has been a member of the European Parliament since 2019. She is a member of the LIBE (Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs) and INTA (International Trade) committees. The respect of human rights and more particularly of children’s rights are the common thread of her political commitment. Her objective is to make the European Union the first continent of Fair Trade.

Saskia Bricmont wants to be the relay within the European Parliament of those who commit themselves daily to the climate, social justice, democracy and human rights.

Alicia Homs Ginel

Member of European Parliament, Socialists & Democrats

Maria Walsh

Member of European Parliament, European People’s Party

Shada Islam

Commentator on EU Affairs

Shada Islam is a Brussels-based EU analyst and commentator who is a leading expert on EU Foreign, Security, Trade and Development Policy as well as Racism, Diversity and Inclusion. She runs her own global strategy company, New Horizons Project, is a Senior Advisor at several think tanks, including the European Policy Centre and is also Visiting Professor at the College of Europe (Natolin Campus). She contributes to several international publications including EUObserver, the Guardian and East Asia Forum. In 2017, Politico identified her as one of Brussels’ 20 most influential women. She is the winner of the European of the Year in Media award accorded by the European Movement and a prize for her work on building an inclusive Union of Equality from the Association of European Journalists of Catalonia.


Nanna-Louise Linde

Vice-President European Government Affairs, Microsoft

Nanna-Louise Linde is Microsoft’s Vice President of European Government Affairs with responsibility for Microsoft’s government affairs and public policy work across Europe since September 2022.

Nanna-Louise leads a team of government affairs professionals tasked with strengthening Microsoft’s external relations with the EU institutions and governments across Europe and ensuring the company is a constructive partner in supporting policy makers in Europe achieve their goals and adapting smart legislation. A competition lawyer by training, Nanna-Louise brings with her almost two decades of experience at Microsoft. Most recently, she has been leading Microsoft’s Corporate External & Legal Affairs team in 32 countries in Central and Eastern Europe, responsible for legal matters and relations with governments and other authorities. Prior to that, she was leading Government Affairs for Microsoft in Western Europe. Nanna-Louise and her teams have helped Microsoft build important partnerships with governments in Europe and position Microsoft as a trusted partner in the region, ranging from digitally preserving Greece’s cultural heritage as part of Microsoft’s AI for Cultural Heritage initiative to spearheading our efforts to support the Ukrainian Government, including through partnerships to strengthen cybersecurity and resilience.

Petros Fassoulas

Secretary General, European Movement International

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