EPLO Brown Bag Lunch Events

EPLO Brown Bag Lunch events are 1 – 1.5 hour-long, informal round-table discussions on a wide range of geographic and thematic topics with relevance for the EU and its support for peacebuilding and conflict prevention. Participation is free and (usually) open to all but registration is mandatory.

Latest event

Title Shrinking space for civil society in the Western Balkans: a perspective from women’s rights organisations
Date Wednesday 26 April 2017
Time 12.30-13.30
Venue European Peacebuilding Liaison Office, Avenue de Tervueren/Tervurenlaan 12, 1040 Brussels (Map)


Civil society, including women’s organisations, is at the forefront of efforts to build peaceful and prosperous societies. Their activity in the Western Balkans is, however, undermined by serious political, security and financial challenges, and governments’ attempts to discredit and weaken those civil society organisations which criticise them is a particularly worrying trend.

A delegation of representatives of women’s organisations from the countries in the Western Balkans will share their insights on the current challenges faced by civil society overall and women’s organisations in particular. The discussion will provide an opportunity for participants and speakers to explore ways in which the EU’s enlargement policies and financial support could increase space for civil society and thus promote positive and long-lasting developments in the region.

The speakers include two women human rights defender from the National Network to End Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Voice Against Violence) (Macedonia) and Rights for All (Bosnia and Herzegovina) respectively.

Participants are welcome to bring their own lunch and EPLO will provide tea and coffee.

Registration Kindly note that places are limited and registration is mandatory. RSVP to Lorenzo Conti if you would like to participate.

Previous Events


26/01/2017: République centrafricaine: quelles motivations pour les membres des groupes armés non-étatiques? (M. Younissa Bohari, ONG Konfluence et Felix Colchester, Conciliation Resources)

17/01/2017: The gender impact of EU missions in the Western Balkans: Insights from everyday practice (Dr Ken McDonagh and Dr Maria-Adriana Deiana, Dublin City University)

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