In 2009, Brita Fernandez Schmidt signed up to sponsor her first sister through Women for Women International's one-year programme. They exchanged letters, including one where Amela told Brita that she had bought tulip seeds and she planted them in her garden so she would always remember her.
In 2018, Brita and Amela met in person for the first time. Watch their story.
About the global sisterhood
From women survivors of war, to our closest friends and family, the #SheInspiresMe campaign celebrates the vital contributions that all women make. Elevating women strengthens the social fabric of societies everywhere. If you believe this too, join the sisterhood today.
Who Inspires Us?
One of my friends told me about Women for Women International and how it provided training for women. That’s when I learned that I wasn’t alone in my suffering. There are other women, who have the same pain.
Joining the Women for Women International programme was the biggest change in my life. I found myself. I was convinced that I was alone, the only person who had experienced such difficulties.
I know that I should take courage because I survived a hard situation. Every day, I have to wake up and pray and say, thank you God, for I’m still alive. It was hard but now I’m here.
Our neighbour knocked at the door and asked ‘Why are you not escaping?’ She told us that they are kidnapping girls and killing men, so we decided to run away and not take anything with us.
I was alone and had to take care of the children who were all very young at the time. I couldn’t imagine them growing without their father around. He was the one who provided for them.
Read stories of courageous women around the world.
Indian women are smashing the patriarchy and finally speaking their husband’s name.
Women in Afghanistan are defiantly creating their own thriving media networks.
Our Executive Director, Brita Fernandez Schmidt, talks about her role as a women's rights campaigner.