Our Ambassadors

Women for Women International's ambassadors play a key role in helping women survivors of war rebuild their lives by creating public awareness of the issues and helping to mobilise resources. Read more about our ambassadors.

Press Releases

Statement for International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict

19 JUNE, 2017 | LONDON

Our Programme in South Sudan


Afghanistan Trainer Remembered for Advocating for Women’s Rights 

23 November, 2016 | LONDON

BACIT (UK) Limited’s Martin Thomas Becomes Women for Women International-UK’s New Chair of Trustees

17 October, 2016 | LONDON

Dame Helen Mirren is our first Patron 

26 JULY, 2016 | LONDON

Anniversary of Boko Haram Kidnapping Marked by Calls for Investment in Women and Girls

14 April, 2016 | NIGERIA

The Store and Brewer Street Car Park Present the #SheInspiresMe Car Boot Sale in Aid of Women for Women International

06 APRIL, 2016 | LONDON

Recent Coverage

Brita Fernandez Schmidt and the purpose that drives changing women's lives


The work-life balance is challenging for us all, but it is especially for Brita Fernandez Schmidt and her team who work with women survivors of war. ‘It never gets easier,’ she says about listening to the traumatic experiences many Women for Women International programme participants have survived. ‘After all this time, I am still learning. I don’t think I will ever become less sensitive to it – and I don’t want to either."

Women for Women International - UK's Executive Director on leadership, independence and inspiring change


In the lead up to the fabulous Marguerite Summer Party 2017, Billie Muraben interviews Brita Fernandez Schmidt to offer an intimate portrait about her work with Women for Women International and what inspires her. They also discuss the subject of Brita's exciting new book project!

Havaianas auction in support of women survivors of war

17 MAY, 2017  | VOGUE

Brazilian lifestyle brand, Havaianas, has launched an exciting collaboration with some of the world’s most influential creatives this summer – which will see pieces of art inspired by the iconic flip-flop brand auctioned off to raise funds for Women for Women International.

#SheInspiresMe Car Boot Sale 2017


On Saturday 6th May Women for Women International set up shop at the home of London fashion, the Brewer Street Car Park, for a jam-packed afternoon of guilt-free retail therapy. The annual #SheInspiresMe Car Boot Sale, hosted by Alex Eagle and sponsored by Noor Fares and Venyx, has been dubbed “the most fashionable car boot sale in the world!”

The Chicest Car Boot Sale Ever is back!


“We are so thrilled to be hosting the Women for Women International Car Boot Sale this May and we are hoping it will be even bigger and better than last year. We have such an exciting lineup, an endless array of special pieces and amazing bargains to be had. We hope as many people as possible will come down and support this inspiring cause,” Alex Eagle, Creative Director of The Store and Alex Eagle.

Working Women - a social force to lift communities from conflict


The Thomas Reuters Foundation draws on Women for Women International's experience in Iraq to highlight the resounding social impact working women can make on a community looking to move past conflict. Powerful testimonies, from Syrian Women for Women International graduates as well as health care agents from northern Nigeria, advocate the need for more support of advancing career opportunities for women in conflict and post-conflict areas.

Nothing is more fashionable than passion


“I admire women who are passionate about what they do,” says British designer, Amanda Wakeley

Gender equality today


While discussing women's rights and gender equality today, Women for Women International – UK’s Executive Director, Brita Fernandez Schmidt, explains, “We should be changing attitudes.” 

Meet our new Patron, Sophie Turner


Our newest Patron, Sophie Turner, shares with RED magazine her motivations for becoming involved with charity work, why she chose Women for Women International, and what it was like visiting our programme in Rwanda.

Sophie Turner on her trip to Rwanda

8 march, 2017 | huffington post

“My active interest in women’s rights and the fight against domestic violence only really became acute after one of my scenes from season five of Game of Thrones aired. It was a scene in which my character - a 15 year old hostage - was raped by her captor. […] I decided to team up with Women for Women International, the charity which helps women survivors of conflict, and travel to one of the places where they focus their efforts, Rwanda,” says Sophie Tuner, Women for Women International - UK Patron. 

Meet our new patron, Sophie Turner

8 march, 2017 | red online

Our newest patron, Sophie Turner, shares with RED magazine her motivations for becoming involved with charity work, why she chose Women for Women International, and what it was like visiting our programme in Rwanda.

Why Sophie Turner chose Women for Women International

8 march, 2017 | InStyle

"What I've seen in Rwanda has been really eye-opening, quite harrowing but really inspirational," shares Sophie Turner, Women for Women International - UK Patron. 

Join Sophie in joining the sisterhood

8 march, 2017 | refinery 29

We were delighted to celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day announcing our new patron, Sophie Turner. Read here to hear more about her visit to Rwanda with the Women for Women International – UK team, and learn more about why you should join the sisterhood, too!

Become a part of our chain of inspiration

8 march, 2017 | marie claire

“I want to encourage everyone – men and women – to get involved and help create a chain of inspiration. Please join Women for Women International’s sisterhood (yes men too!) online to let women survivors of conflict and violence know they are not alone,” says Sophie Turner, Women for Women International - UK Patron. 

International Women’s Day, a step towards equality

8 march, 2017 | bbc woman’s hour

To kick-off International Women’s Day 2017, Women for Women International – UK’s Executive Director, Brita Fernandez Schmidt, shared issues close to her heart on BBC Woman’s Hour. Listen here to some powerful stories from women around the globe.

Gender equality today

8 march, 2017 | trt world

While discussing woman’s rights and gender equality today, Women for Women International – UK’s Executive Director, Brita Fernandez Schmidt, explains “We should be changing attitudes.” 

In celebration of International Women’s Day, shop the limited edition #SheInspiresMe - Fashion collection

7 march, 2017 | Stylist

The fabulous designers Charlotte Olympia, Alice Temperley, Amanda Wakely, Mary Katrantzou and Alex Eagle all came together this International Women’s Day in support of Women for Women International, by creating unique limited edition items. The #SheInspiresMe range is fashion with a purpose – all proceeds from each piece sold will help Women for Women International support women survivors of war to rebuild their lives.

Shop for a cause this International Women’s Day

8 march, 2017 | vogue

This International Women’s Day fashion and feminism came together, and the result is a wide variety of powerful pieces, including items specifically designed in support of Women for Women International, that are now available for sale now.

Inspirational female designers

5 march, 2017 | Mail online

Alex Eagle, Amanda Wakeley and Mary Katrantzou – who inspired us with their #SheInspiresMe - Fashion  designs – share who inspires them.

Nothing is more fashionable than passion

 9 march, 2017 | you magazine

“I admire women who are passionate about what they do,” says British designer, Amanda Wakeley, who designed a unique piece for the #SheInspiresMe - Fashion collection.

Brita Fernandez Schmidt reflects on Trump's impact on women's rights

11 November, 2016 | Marie Claire

"Women’s rights are human rights and human rights are universal and the incoming US government has an important role to play in the protection of these rights," writes Women for Women International - UK Executive Director, Brita Fernandez Schmidt.

The Uncondemned shines a light on rape as a weapon of war

11 NOVEMBER, 2016 | refinery29

Women for Women International hosted the UK premiere of a documentary about the horrific rapes that took place during the genocide in Rwanda in 1994. Read the interview with award-winning director, Michele Mitchell.

Matches Fashion interview with Brita Fernandez Schmidt 

10 NOVEMBER, 2016 | Matches Fashion

Women for Women International - UK Executive Director, Brita Fernandez Schmidt, reflects on the women who have inspired her, "I can trace back the important decisions in my life to the people who have inspired me – and the women who inspire me more than anyone else are the women I have met in the countries where Women for Women International operates."  

Bazaar Art auction celebrates women in art and supports survivors of war

4 October, 2016 | Harpers Bazaar

Women for Women International - UK was proud to benefit from a special online auction organised by Harper’s Bazaar UK and Paddle8. The auction featured works by 15 leading international female artists and was curated by Women for Women International - UK Trustee, Hikari Yokoyama.  

Brita Fernandez Schmidt is featured in issue of Vogue highlighting "real women"

4 OCTOBER, 2016 | the independent

"I am really passionate about building the confidence of women who have suffered the unimaginable — bereavement, torture, sexual violence. Fashion can play a very important role in this for many women around the world," writes Brita Fernandez Schmidt, Women for Women International - UK Executive Director, in the Vogue feature.

Celebrating our Patron Dame Helen Mirren


"With the rise of brutal armed conflicts and extremism we are currently seeing unprecedented levels of violence against women, which means there has never been a greater need for the work of Women for Women International to support women survivors," writes Dame Helen Mirren about her motivation to support Women for Women International - UK.

How Charlotte Tilbury was inspired to support Women for Women International 

19 JULY, 2016 | Women's Marketing

Charlotte Tilbury reflects on supporting women survivors of war, "Not only do I aim to help Women for Women International by raising money through the Hot Lips collection, I have also called on the powerful, influential women I know to help raise awareness of their cause and highlight the hidden suffering of so many women."

Dame Helen Mirren becomes our first Patron

30 JUNE, 2016 | Good Housekeeping

"Women bear the brunt of modern conflict. Many experience torture, brutality and horrific sexual violence. Their basic rights, freedoms and dignity are often targeted as a tactic of war," Dame Helen Mirren said in a statement.

Hot Lips with Charlotte Tilbury

23 JUNE, 2016 | Vanity FAIR

We team up with Charlotte Tilbury who has introduced Hot Lips, a collection of 12 lipsticks, each inspired by the world’s most influential and mesmerising women. £1 from each lipstick sold in the first two months will go directly towards our work.

How Syrian and Yazidi women refugees are rebuilding their lives after escaping Isis


Displaced women are setting up businesses in Iraqi Kurdistan after escaping Islamic State.

Rwandan genocide anniversary: How Rwanda's women rebuilt their country

6 April, 2016 | International Business Times

Women for Women International - Rwanda Country Director Antoinette Uwimana shares how women have  led her country’s recovery since the genocide, and how WfWI’s programmes have invested in women since 1997 to help them rebuild. 

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