The rainbow platform diversity initiative is a cross-institutional initiative aiming to increase the diversity in liberal organisations to empower the LGBTQI+ socially engaged community to play active roles.

The project combines a long-term learning course at MyAcademy and three in-person workshops for the operational leadership of liberal organisations to shape their internal culture into one that empowers diversity. The project also invites former academy participants to join a live session for a high-level follow-up to map how diversity initiatives have changed their political organisations.


Lead Moderator: Marguerite O’Loughin
Guest Moderators: Robert van der Linden and Hadiatou Berry

Thursday 10th August

18:00 Antwerp Pride official opening

Friday 11th August

9:00 Discovering the why of our people – best practises in diversity

11:15 Recruiting to act – Bringing diverse communities to our organisations

14:30 Understanding biases in recruitment

16:15 Networks of actions and interest – recruiting people to feel included, The Fianna Fail case

18:00 Wrap up

19:00 Dinner and pub quiz hosted by Laurenz Van Ginneken – Project Officer ELF

Saturday 12 August

10:30 Creating a framework of recruiting with the civil sector

12:00 Wrap up

From 13:00 Participation in the Antwerp Pride parade

18:00 Optional discussion with Belgian Liberals about LGBTQI+ rights in Belgium and their path to equality – looking back at the ELF event “20 years of Gay Marriage, a European Example”.

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