Our previous partnerships

We are incredibly proud of each and every partnership that has helped Women for Women International enrol more women survivors of war into our year-long training programme.

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L.K. Bennett

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Our partnership with L.K. Bennett began in 2014, with their commitment to helping women survivors of war rebuild their lives. The incredible, all-encompassing collaboration raised over £100,000.

L.K Bennett incorporated supporting the women we serve in every aspect of their business. From 10% of sale proceeds on key days such as Giving Tuesday and International Women’s Day, sponsorship of the first ever #SheInspiresMe Lunch, participation in the #SheInspiresMe Car Boot Sale to finally, a special product collaboration in 2017.

the Zoja ballet flat

In 2017, L.K. Bennett and Women for Women International embarked on an exciting collaboration. The result was the Zoja ballet flat, embroidered by ten graduates of the Women for Women International programme in Kosovo. 100% of the sale proceeds benefited our work supporting women survivors of war.

10 talented women

Ten of our Kosovo graduates contributed to the project.

200 hearts stitched each

Each graduate individually stitched close to 200 hearts; each embroidery is uniquely different and took around two hours to complete.

100% of proceeds donated

Generously, 100% of the sale proceeds are donated to Women for Women International.

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Our Kosovo graduates co-designed three pairs of shoes by corporate sponsor, L.K.Bennett
Our Kosovo graduates co-designed three pairs of shoes by corporate sponsor, L.K.Bennett



Inspired by traditional needlework techniques that commonly decorate Kosovar folk dress, the Zoja ballerina flats are decorated with hand-embroidered hearts. The heart is a universally peaceful symbol, so it was the natural design choice.

A collaboration that would touch the actual women that are participating in the Women for Women International programme – and that would go all the way to the customer.

Executive Director Women for Women International UK, Brita Fernandez Schmidt

The Story


Read how Women for Women International and L.K.Bennett created this meaningful collaboration.

The Collection


Shop the beautiful collection of Zoja flats now on the L.K.Bennett website.

The Interview


Our Executive Director, Brita Fernandez Schmidt, discusses the Women for Women International programme, the L.K.Bennett collaboration, and the charity’s future.