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Brita Fernandez Schmidt

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Brita Fernandez Schmidt

Brita is the Executive Director of Women for Women International - UK and is a dedicated advocate and promoter of women’s empowerment, women’s rights and equality

Brita Fernandez Schmidt frequently writes about the challenges women face all over the world in the context of poverty and conflict and is a public speaker on these issues. She has lived and/or worked in over 16 countries spanning three continents.

Brita has led several influential women’s organisations and networks. She currently runs Women for Women International - UK as Executive Director and has worked at the organisation for almost 10 years. She has grown the organisation from when it first started in the UK to a medium-sized charity which is helping thousands of women in countries affected by conflict and raising millions through effective and innovative donor relationships and partnerships.

Brita is also the Chair of Gender Action for Peace and Security (GAPS). Previously she was a Commissioner to the UK Women’s National Commission, Chair of the Gender and Development Network, Director for Programmes & Policy at Womankind Worldwide, board member of BOND and she started her career at the European Women’s Lobby.

Brita holds a MA in Women’s Studies from the University of Sussex. Originally from Germany, Brita went to school in Venezuela. She now lives in the UK with her husband and two daughters.

Watch Brita's interview on TRT World on International Women's Day 2017 where she spoke about our work in response to the global call to 'Be Bold for Change,' and listen to the BBC Radio 4 - Woman's Hour segment where she discusses the impact of our work and the ongoing need to invest in women.

Fears to Fierce

"I am always going to try to find hope and then make it my business to invest in that hope."

At TEDxCoventGardenWomen, Brita reflects on her career of working to address gender equality for women all over the world and her journey of helping women recover traumatic experiences and turn their lives around. She shares how these incredible women taught her to nurture her fierce – her power – in the face of her own fears.

The women behind the news stories

"Together we can tell more stories – stories of hope and change, of greater equality and prosperity.”

Brita talks about our work with women survivors of war and how we all have the power to reach out and connect with women.

#SheInspiresMe Live Feminist Festival

A day of inspiring talks and hands-on workshops to energise a new generation of feminist changemakers.