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„Doing gender“ in the Brussels bubble

Keeping women out seems to be the hidden agenda of the Brussels bubble

A normal week in Brussels, one, when the European Parliament will hold its committee or group meetings, will bring about 80 invitations to all kinds of events to my office´s mailbox. Let´s say that I can skip 50 percent of these immediately (sorry, all you nice people out there, I know it is a lot of work), as they are not at all relevant to my job. Of the 40 other occasions still left to learn, to share, to network, etcetera, most will have a really bad gender balance on the podium, a better one in the audience, the best with the supporting and catering staff. Well…

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