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

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

Women's March on London

17 January, 2017 | REFINERY29

Women for Women International – UK is proud to support the Women’s March on London. On Saturday 21st January, women and men around the world will come together to take part in the Women’s March, a global movement to unite against inequality.   

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. 

How can we accelerate the march towards gender inequality? 

14 March, 2016 | The Guardian 

Mandana Hendessi, WfWI - EMEA Regional Director, joined a panel of experts to discuss the obstacles to gender equality and how to address them. 

Women across the world share their experience for International Women's Day

8 March, 2016 | Stylist

Besarta Zhugolli, a Women for Women International graduate from Kosovo, joins other 30-year-old women in sharing their experiences and hopes for the future. 

How you can support women on International Women's Day

7 March, 2016 | Good Housekeeping

Get involved with the #SheInspiresMe campaign to make a difference for women survivors fo war on International Women's Day.

#SheInspiresMe Campaign launches

29 January, 2016 | RED MAGAZINE

#SheInspiresMe, who inspires you? The launch of Women for Women International's #SheInspiresMe campaign.

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