Short-listed by the FAWCO Foundation: medica mondiale’s Project Dignity in Liberia
The process of medica mondiale’s partner organisation in Liberia to become an independent Liberian Non-governmental Organisation (NGO) is a challenging task. A significant milestone towards independence is finding funding for the successful implementation of Project Dignity – Empowering Liberia's Women. Yet, the medica mondiale Liberia team, with the support of the American International Women’s Club Cologne (AIWCC), has reason to celebrate. In an Email from Johanna Dishongh, FAWCO´s Target Program Chair, medica mondiale learned: “Project Dignity – Empowering Liberia's Women, has been selected for the short-list of three Target Project candidates”.
Press release: Bosnian women still without justice
Cologne, 28 October 2013. "The suffering of the women in Bosnia and Herzegovina is not over yet: their trauma is still affecting society." This is how Monika Hauser, founder of medica mondiale, summed up the conclusions of the two-day conference "Working Towards Dignity – 20 years of fighting sexualised violence". Survivors of wartime rape are still not receiving adequate support or justice. Ms Hauser continued: "I call on the bearers of political responsibility to prioritise a rapid implementation of the 2006 law on the civil status of survivors of sexualised wartime violence. This includes making available the necessary funds and ensuring the solution applies to the whole country."
Message from the Foreign Secretary William Hague and UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie
Zenica, 24 October 2013. William Hague and UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie sent a message to the Conference on '20 years of work with women and girls traumatized from war' in Zenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina: "For 20 years Medica Zenica and medica mondiale have been a lifeline for survivors of wartime sexual violence in Bosnia-Herzegovina. We applaud and strongly support your work."
Press Release: Conference on the 20th anniversary "Working Towards Dignity"
Cologne, 15 October 2013. "A large proportion of Bosnian women who were traumatised during the war have still not received any support from the government," explains Sabiha Husić, director of the Medica Zenica therapy centre. "In contrast, we have been providing committed support to the survivors for many years." On 23 and 24 October 2013, the two women’s rights organisations Medica Zenica and medica mondiale invite you to attend a conference in Zenica entitled: Working Towards Dignity – 20 years of fighting conflict-related sexualised violence.
medica mondiale Liberia: Caroline Bowah Brown is new Country Director
In October 2013, Caroline Bowah Brown will assume the post of Country Director, playing an important role in medica mondiale Liberia's transition to an independent organisation. “This appointment is not only about me: it is a message to every woman out there. They can see themselves in me and recognise that they, too, can become very strong women in Liberia."
Press Release: Men as allies in the fight against sexualised violence
Cologne, 27 September 2013. "An important signal is being sent with the jury’s decision to award the Right Livelihood Award 2013 to Denis Mukwege, a man who has spent many years actively working to achieve integrated care provision for survivors of sexualised wartime violence." Monika Hauser, founder of the women's rights organisation medica mondiale, offers her personal congratulations to the 58-year-old gynaecologist and director of Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, in the Democratic Republic (DR) of Congo, on his receipt of the 'Alternative Nobel Prize 2013'.
Survey: The daily practice of the Afghan Elimination of Violence Against Women Law
The Afghan "Elimination of Violence Against Women Law" (EVAW Law), which was passed in 2009, is the first law in Afghanistan to criminalise violence against women. This law is a milestone in the fight for Afghan women's and girl's rights. However, since May 18th, 2013 there is reason for concern as the Afghan parliament might weaken or even completely remove the law. A study published by medica mondiale and Medica Afghanistan in June 2013 analyses specific legal cases and thereby illustrates reasons for the slow implementation of the law.
Eastern Congo: Shaping the future with awareness-raising work in schools
The horrific reports of rapes in eastern Congo just never end. According to partner organisations of medica mondiale more younger women, even children, and also men and boys are being raped. With an ambitious school project in the Fizi region, the organisation Association Monde Futur (AMOFUT – Association for a Future World) is committed to strengthening the rights of girls and boys. This year, AMOFUT became a partner organisation of medica mondiale.
Medica Zenica: 20 years supporting survivors of sexualised wartime violence
In the therapy centre run by Medica Zenica, thousands of women traumatised during the Bosnian war later found vital support. In our interview, Sabiha Husič, Director of Medica Zenica, explains the challenges faced by the organisation today.
factsheet: 20 years medica mondiale
Rape as a weapon of war and other forms of sexualised violence occur all over the world, every day. Since 1993 the women's rights organisation medica mondiale has been working towards an end to violence against women and girls and promoting their equal participation in all processes shaping society – in the Balkans, Afghanistan, Liberia and many other countries.