Brita Fernandez Schmidt has over 15 years of experience researching and working on women’s human rights, gender, social inequality and development. Her particular area of expertise is violence against women and women’s civil and political participation. Brita has worked in a number of non-governmental organisations dedicated to women’s rights and gender equality over the past years.
Currently, she is the Director of Operations for Women for Women International, an organisation that mobilizes women to change their lives through a holistic approach that addresses the unique needs of women in conflict and post-conflict environments. Prior to this she led the programmes and policy work of another women’s rights organisation, Womankind Worldwide, and contributed to the organisation to help it grow strategically. During her time there Brita led the White Ribbon Campaign from 1999 to 2002, working closely with leading UK women’s organisations.
From 2003-2008 Brita was the Chair of the Gender & Development Network, a role that enabled her to learn how to bring organisations together and to more effectively represent their views to government. Other posts include working for the European Women’s Lobby in Brussels where Brita gained extensive experience of working with the European Commission and the European Parliament and Council.
Brita is an adviser to Widows for Peace and Democracy and a supporter of Women for Refugee Women. Communication is one of Brita’s strengths. She enjoys linking and networking with others. Brita is passionate about ensuring women’s voices in all their diversity get heard and their rights upheld.
“I am delighted to be joining the WNC as Commissioner. I am excited about the role the Commission plays, linking women in the UK with government and I look forward to contributing to this role. I am passionate about women and their lives and ensuring that women’s rights are respected and women’s voices in all their diversity are heard. Much has been achieved already in terms of women’s position in the UK, but, in my role as Commissioner, I look forward to listening to women all over the country and understanding their priorities in order to ensure they get addressed effectively.”
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