Brita Fernandez Schmidt serves as the Executive Director of Women for Women International UK. She is responsible for the operation and management of Women for Women International in the UK and Europe.

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About Brita

Brita Fernandez Schmidt is an advocate and promoter of women’s empowerment, women’s rights and equality. She frequently writes about the challenges women face all over the world in the context of poverty and conflict. Brita is a public speaker on these issues. She has lived and/or worked in over 16 countries spanning three continents. Brita has led several influential women’s organisations and networks.

She currently runs Women for Women International - UK as Executive Director. She has grown the organisation from when it first started in the UK to a medium-sized charity which is helping thousands of women in countries affected by conflict and raising millions through effective and innovative donor relationships and partnerships. She is also the Chair of Gender Action for Peace and Security (GAPS) and Global Ambassador for Roundtable Global. Previously she was a Commissioner to the UK Women’s National Commission, Chair of the Gender and Development Network, Director for Programmes & Policy at Womankind Worldwide, board member of BOND and she started her career at the European Women’s Lobby.

Brita holds a MA in Women’s Studies from the University of Sussex. Originally from Germany, Brita went to school in Venezuela. She now lives in the UK with her husband and two daughters.

Learn more

Watch Brita's interview on TRT World on International Women's Day 2017 where she spoke about our work in response to the global call to 'Be Bold for Change,' and listen to the BBC Radio 4 - Woman's Hour segment where she discusses the impact of our work and the ongoing need to invest in women.


Brita at the graduation ceremony in Pankshit, Nigeria, where 280
women graduated from the Women for Women International
programme in 2017. Follow Brita on Instagram and
read her blog about the trip.