Women For Women International UK’s Executive Director, Brita Fernandez Schmidt, has worked tirelessly to empower female war survivors. She talks to us, The Step Up Club, about authenticity, values and the importance of finding your voice.
Brita’s Five Tips for Finding Your Voice
Be true to yourself
Success for me is when I know I’ve not succumbed to expectations, norms or my ego. When I go to bed I think about what I did that I liked that day and why. When I reflect, it’s always the moments when I am true to myself and to my values.
Have a motto
Mine is, ‘feel the fear and do it anyway’. It’s about finding your own way, celebrating and loving yourself.
Feel the sisterhood
We don’t do this enough: really help each other and pool our power.
Empower yourself, support each other
The beliefs our society has given to women don’t necessarily serve or fulfill us. We should surround ourselves with people who affirm our desires and potential.
Let your voice roar
Finding your voice can only come from a place of authenticity. It’s a process of getting to know who you are and making sense of yourself.
Get To Know… Brita
Who is your Woman Who Can?
All women can!
I could not have succeeded without…
The love of my family and friends.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Believe in yourself.
What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done?
Being honest about who I am, and making myself vulnerable.
What song makes you feel like you could take on the world?
Brave by Sara Bareilles.
If I had a mathematical work style formula, it would read:
Bold and brilliant skirt + plain top + fun sneakers + painted nails = every day
what you want it to be!
My secret skill is…