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OUR EVENTS

Women for Women International hosts a variety of events throughout the year. Get involved and join our community by standing up to celebrate the strength and resilience of women survivors of war.

100% of the proceeds from our events go towards our work supporting women living in some of the world’s most dangerous places. Join us to put the power of kindness and sisterhood into action!

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HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?

Find out more about our events programme below. Through your support you can help us to create real change and help women survivors of war build better lives for themselves, their families and communities.

Colleen, the founder of Guerrera Fit, a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, athlete, self-defence expert, and martial artist will lead the #SheDares Self-Defence Workshop. Photo: Guerrera
Colleen, the founder of Guerrera Fit, a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, athlete, self-defence expert, and martial artist will lead the #SheDares Self-Defence Workshop. Photo: Guerrera

#SHEDARES SELF-DEFENCE WORKSHOP

WEDNESDAY, 6TH DECEMBER

This 16 Days of Activism join us to learn the fundamentals of self-defence in this free woman-led, intensive, and trauma-informed virtual workshop. The goal is to make you feel confident, secure, and powerful in your body.

The instructor, Colleen is the founder of Guerrera Fit, a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, athlete, self-defence expert, and martial artist.

Kalyani Hauswirth-Jain, Creative Director and Senior Yoga Teacher at Arhanta Yoga
Kalyani Hauswirth-Jain, Creative Director and Senior Yoga Teacher at Arhanta Yoga

STRETCH INTO THE NEW YEAR

WEDNESDAY 13TH DECEMBER, 6PM GMT

Join us for our last Power Up event of the year – a virtual yoga class guided by Kalyani Hauswirth-Jain, Creative Director and Senior Yoga Teacher at Arhanta Yoga.

Safer Spaces Policy

A safe space is a space in which people are protected from any kind or level of abuse.

Women for Women International staff are committed to prioritising the safety of event guests and staff. Harassment and inappropriate behaviour of event guests, panellists, staff or volunteers at our events will not be tolerated and anyone violating this policy at our events may be asked to leave without entitlement to any refund of ticket price. Please click here to read our full safer spaces policy.

Past events

On Wednesday, 1st November, we welcomed over 150 guests to celebrate 30 years of global sisterhood and the power of inspirational women at the V&A Museum. Following an evening reception, our guests were treated to an exclusive private view of the highly anticipated Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto exhibition.


From 6th – 18th September, we opened the doors to the DO GOOD pop-up in support of Women for Women International at Bicester Village!  This really was guilt-free and circular shopping at its best, with pre-loved, vintage and new designer pieces from over 50 brands and individuals. Visitors browsed cult classics from iconic brands and shopped from the wardrobes of fashion and style insiders, all at exceptional prices.


On Thursday, 20th July we were joined by CEO and Founder of Smart Girl Tribe Scarlett V Clark as she discussed her bestselling book The Smart Girl Handbook: How to Silence Self-Doubt, Find Your Purpose and Redefine the Impossible which shares top tips from her journey to success as well as practical exercises that will help you step into your power and design a life you love. 


On Sunday, 25th of June, we hosted our first fundraising #ShakeItInSisterhood Danceathon, in partnership with SOS Dance at Siobhan Davies Studios in London. We're in awe that despite the heat dancers made it through all six routines with the same energy and smiles on their faces.


Hosted by Alex Eagle, the #SheInspiresMe Car Boot Sale returned to Selfridges Car Park in central London on Saturday, 20th May. The 2023 #SheInspiresMe Car Boot Sale raised over £280,000! 100% of this will go towards Women for Women International's work supporting women survivors of war.


On 30th March 2023 we were joined by CNN Chief International Correspondent Clarissa Ward as she discussed her book On All Fronts: The Education of a Journalist, a portrait of her experiences as a world-renowned conflict reporter. From Baghdad to Beijing, her courageous journalism has taken her to some of the world’s most dangerous places.


We held a virtual dance class in partnership with School of SOS, where A-list choreographer Kelechi taught us a confidence-boosting routine to Grown Woman by Beyoncè.


The #SheInspiresMe Lunch is an annual gathering celebrating the inspirational power of women. This year's lunch was hosted by Tina Daheley with guest speaker Clarissa Ward.


On Saturday 14th May the doors opened to Selfridges car park for the #SheInspiresMe Car Boot Sale. With a superstar line-up of 25 boots, this really was the chicest car boot sale ever. So far we have raised over £240,000 to support women survivors of war.


As part of #WomensHistoryMonth we held a virtual film screening of the BAFTA-winning and Oscar-nominated documentary For Sama, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A.

The #SheInspiresMe Lunch is an annual gathering celebrating the inspirational power of women. Guest speaker Waad al-Kateab was in conversation with our host BBC journalist and presenter Tina Daheley. 


To celebrate World Food Day and our Serving Up Sisterhood campaign we joined renowned Congolese-French Chef Mick Élysée in his kitchen for a virtual cooking class. Visit the event page for the delicious recipes Mick shared at the event.


On Wednesday 26th May 2021 from 6-7pm BST, there was a free panel discussion with Jasmila Žbanić, writer and director of the Oscar-nominated film Quo Vadis, Aida?.

Following the success of our two Virtual Car Boot Sales last year, we were delighted to bring the all-day fashion extravaganza back on Saturday 15th May!


Women for Women International hosted our very first celebration of wellness on Saturday 20th March kindly supported by imayla beauty. The all-day online festival designed to restore mind, body and spirit included inspiring talks, workshops and strength-building workouts.


As part of our campaign #PowerToChange, we held a Virtual Book Club on World Book Day with Soraya Chemaly discussing her book 'Rage Becomes Her'.  Watch the recording of the discussion to learn about the power of using anger as a force for positive transformation.


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On 27th January 2021 we hosted an inspiring, hands-on workshop with Brita Fernandez Schmidt, Executive Director of Women for Women International-UK and author of the new book Fears to Fierce.

Hot on the heels of our very first Virtual Car Boot Sale in May earlier this year we were delighted to bring the all-day fashion extravaganza back on Saturday 7th November! Thanks to the incredible on the day sales and the generosity of our sponsors we have raised over £88,000!⁠⠀ ⁠⠀


On Thursday, 1st October at 6pm, we held an online premiere of our #HopeInSisterhood film.

The film was ollowed by a panel discussion with three inspiring women. Women for Women International - UK Executive Director Brita Fernandez Schmidt will be joined live by filmmaker Hazel Thompson and Seida Sarić, Director of Žene za Žene, an independent affiliate organisation of Women for Women International in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

#SheInspiresMe LIVE was back for a day of inspiring talks and interactive workshops: we brought our global community together, shared ideas and skills, and got energised to transform our world in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic. Together, we reflected on the unmissable opportunity we have to build a “new normal” for future generations. 


Our very first Virtual Car Boot Sale was a phenomenal success! The seven-hour fashion extravaganza, supported by DS-Automobiles, raised an incredible £77,184 for women survivors of war.


On 11th February 2020, Women for Women International and Jo Manoukian will host an evening of dance and empowerment.


The #SheInspiresMe Lunch is an annual gathering celebrating the inspirational power of women. In 2019 we were joined by guest speaker Arwa Damon, multi-award-winning Senior International Correspondent for CNN, in conversation with our host BBC journalist and presenter Tina Daheley.


On Saturday 11th May, Women for Women International hosted the biggest #SheInspiresMe Car Boot Sale yet. We welcomed over 1,800 fashion lovers to Brewer Street Car Park for an afternoon of exceptional fashion and beauty, all to benefit women survivors of war.


On the 26th February 2019, Women for Women International and Jo Manoukian hosted an evening of dance and empowerment.


From 29th October - 19th November, Women for Women International held its inaugural #SheInspiresMe Auction, culminating in a VIP invite only reception hosted by Sotheby’s on Monday 19th November.


On Saturday 30th June, 2018 we hosted our first ever Feminist Festival in partnership with Refinery29. The day was full of inspiring talks and hands-on workshops to energise a new generation of feminist changemakers.


On Saturday 12th May, 2018 Women for Women International hosted the #SheInspiresMe Car Boot Sale, offering high fashion items at great prices. We were joined by high fashion designers and brands for an afternoon of exceptional fashion and beauty, all to benefit women survivors of war.


The #SheInspiresMe Lunch is an annual gathering celebrating the inspirational power of women. In 2017 the event was hosted by Women for Women International Ambassador MyAnna Buring, in conversation with keynote speaker Clarissa Ward, multi award-winning Senior International Correspondent for CNN.


Host your own event

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PRESS

Women for Women’s Virtual Car Boot Sale: designer pieces by Gwyneth Paltrow and Saoirse Ronan up for grabs. November 6th, 2020.

The Telegraph

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This star-studded car-boot-sale filled with designer steals will cheer up your first lockdown weekend. November 5th, 2020.

Stylist

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Women For Women International to host virtual designer car boot sale. October 30th, 2020.

Vogue

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Everyone’s Favourite Designer Car Boot Sale Is Going Virtual. May 15th, 2020.

Marie Claire

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Bag designer items from celebrities at this virtual car boot sale. May 13th, 2020.

Sheerluxe

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Women For Women International’s #SheInspiresMe car boot sale, live today. May 16th, 2020.

Vanity Fair

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The A-List: The Best Culture To Catch This Week - #SheInspiresMe Car Boot Sale. May 8th, 2020.

Grazia

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You Can Buy Charlotte Olympia Shoes And Help Female Survivors of War At This Stylish Boot Sale. March 23rd, 2018.

Red

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Is this the most stylish Car Boot Sale ever?

Tatler

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You can bid on a styling session with Peter Pilotto. October 15th, 2020.

Financial Times

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A Sotheby's auction to help women affected by war. November 17, 2018.