WIIS Belgium


WIIS Brussels’ privileged situation at the heart of the EU and NATO enables it to hold regular meetings bringing women from a wide range of backgrounds together to discuss issues of common concern in an informal setting.

Its activities are coordinated by a group of volunteers who give their time and talent to promote women in the security and defence fields and ensure gender issues stay at the top of the policy agenda for the EU, NATO, and their member states.



Corinna HorstCorinna Horst
President of WIIS Brussels and Deputy Director of the German Marshall Brussels office

Dr. Corinna Horst's work covers all aspects of strategic planning, operations, personnel, management and communication.  She is also manages the Transatlantic Foundation, a project in support of GMF’s transatlantic activities with European partners. She frequently comments on transatlantic relations and EU affairs and is engaged in various women leadership development activities. She previously taught at Miami University and worked at a publishing company in Germany.  Corinna has a Ph.D and master’s degree in history and studied at Miami University, Ohio, USA, the University of Heidelberg, Germany and St. Andrews University, Scotland.


Marta MartinelliMarta Martinelli
Vice-president and Policy Series Programme Coordinator (GMF-OSEPI-WIIS)

Marta Martinelli is senior analyst for Africa, gender and democracy at the Open Society European Policy Institute. She has several years of experience working in fragile and post-conflict settings and an academic background in peace and conflict studies.






February 9, 2017:  WIIS Brussels invites its members to join them for happy hour at Le Chemin des Vignes, 27 rue d'Idalie, 1050, Brussels. This event is open to members and advisors - you're welcome to sign up on the day! Each member can bring one guest. First drink and tapas are on us! Don't forget to register at http://ow.ly/GEgc308JrwW

May 24, 2016: WIIS Brussels invites you on behalf of U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Anthony Gardner to the screening of the documentary "Winter on Fire: Ukraine's fight for freedom" at Bozar on 24th May.

July 2015: WIIS Brussels hosted a Conversation with Ambassador Francesca Tardioli, Assistant Secretary General in the Operations Division at NATO on July 2.
Francesca Tardioli discussed her experience in the security and defence field as DASG at NATO and as a career diplomat in the Italian foreign service. She will share her views on what public policies are needed to improve gender equality in the sector. The event, held with the support of the the US Missions to the EU and to NATO, is informal and the audience is encouraged to actively participate in the conversation. The debate will be held at the Press Club, 95 rue Froissart, 1040 Brussels. Please register here if you haven't yet done so.

June 2015:  WIIS-Brussels hosted a consultation on Women, Peace and, Security in Latin American and the Caribbean on 16 June 2015, co-organized by WIIS Brussels and the International Justice Observatory (IJJO). For more information, please visit here.

March 3, 2014 : WIIS Brussels hosted a Happy Hour with Cynthia Petrigh, Gender Advisor for the EU Training Mission (EUTM) in Mali. The event was an opportunity for Cynthia Petrich to share her experience with members of WIIS in an informal and friendly environment.

January 29, 2013 : WIIS Brussels hosted Women, Peace and Security: EU and NATO priorities – Together with the Polish Permanent Representation to the EU with Stavros Lambrinidis, EU Special Representative (EUSR) for Human Rights and Mari Skåre, NATO Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security.



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