Women in International Security Brussels

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Since 20 September 2021 self-declared 'non-commercial organisations' are no longer required to provide a lobby budget. See above timeline for this registrant's historical lobby budget.

Lobbying Costs

None declared

Financial year: Jan 2022 - Dec 2022

Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)

0.25 Fte (1)

Lobbyists with EP accreditation


High-level Commission meetings


Lobbying Costs over the years

  • Info

    Women in International Security Brussels   (WIIS Brussels)

    EU Transparency Register

    903924027697-35 First registered on 10 Jul 2017

    Goals / Remit

    Women In International Security (WIIS - pronounced ‘wise’) Brussels is an independent, non-partisan, non-for-profit organisation, registered under Belgian law. It belongs to the global family of WIIS chapters which are dedicated to advancing the leadership and professional development of women in the field of international peace, security and defence. There are currently 47 independent chapters around the world whose members include policymakers, military personnel, diplomats, legislative aides, scholars, students, journalists and business representatives at all stages of their careers. WIIS Brussels promotes leadership training, mentoring, and networking programmes as well as intellectual diversity through discussions on current policy challenges. It benefits from the presence of the EU institutions and NATO as well as a very high concentration of diplomatic representations, international organisations and other influential stakeholders.

    Main EU files targeted

    As part of its effort to increase gender diversity in foreign affairs, defence, and security, WIIS Brussels follows policy developments in Common Foreign and Security Policy, Common Security and Defence Policy, and gender equality.


    Head Office
    66 rue du sceptre
    Bruxelles 1050
    EU Office
    66 rue du sceptre
    Bruxelles 1050


  • People

    Total lobbyists declared


    Employment timeLobbyists

    Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)


    Lobbyists with EP accreditation

    No lobbyists with EP accreditations

    Complementary Information

    WIIS Brussels asbl is an entirely voluntary organisation. The members of our Steering Committee (http://www.wiis-brussels.org/our-story) all have full-time jobs in think-tanks, the European Commission, European Parliament, NATO, and various other organisations in the public or private sector.

    Person in charge of EU relations

    Data not provided by Register Secretariat due to GDPR

    Person with legal responsibility

    Data not provided by Register Secretariat due to GDPR

  • Categories


    Non-governmental organisations, platforms and networks and similar

  • Networking


    WIIS Brussels is part of the global WIIS network: http://wiisglobal.org/

    Member organisations

    None declared

  • Financial Data

    Interests represented

    Does not represent commercial interests

    Closed financial year

    Jan 2022 - Dec 2022

    Lobbying costs for closed financial year

    Since 20 September 2021 self-declared 'non-commercial organisations' are no longer required to provide a lobby budget. See above timeline for this registrant's historical lobby budget.

    Total organisational budget in closed year


    Major funding types in closed year

    Grants, Member's contribution, EU funding

    Major contributions in closed year

    Contribution European Commission 156,000€

    Other financial info

    Income in the year 2022 was mainly membership fees.
    We still benefitted from the money received by the European Commission to carry out the FPI study in 2021. The final payment for this study is expected in 2023.

  • EU Structures

    Groups (European Commission)


    Groups (European Parliament)


    Other activities

    Too many photographs of European or NATO summits are made up of rows of grey suits. Too often women remain on the sidelines of key discussions, negotiations and decision-making in foreign policy.

    WIIS Brussels started almost two decades ago as a loose group of volunteers aiming to change the status quo. In 2013, under the leadership of Cristina Gallach, then Director for Media and Communications and the Council of the European and now Under Secretary General for Communications and Public Information at United Nations, we began the journey from an informal “band of sisters” to an organised and registered not-for-profit association of male and female professionals dedicated to making waves in the Brussels, European and global foreign affairs and security sector. Under the leadership of our recently former President, Dr. Corinna Hörst, WIIS Brussels has become a key actor of the Brussels security and gender discussion. Our new President since early 2020, Isabelle François, is now focusing on reframing WIIS's role in a new security environment. We offer our network of some hundred members and close to a thousand contacts regular activities, ranging from professional development and training workshops to networking opportunities and gender-balanced policy debates.

    Diversity is as much about making sure half of the world’s population is involved in decision-making as it is about leveraging the diversity of ideas that is necessary to develop the innovative and sustainable solutions to global security challenges. We believe in paying more than just lip-service to diversity and gender-balance: we offer our members the tools to enhance their skills and develop their career, and partner with forward-looking organisations such as The Brussels Binder to offer concrete solutions to the "all-male” syndrome plaguing the Brussels policy debate. We regularly welcome leading female speakers and writers to contribute new proposals to current debates.

  • Meetings


    None declared

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