Bosnia-Herzegovina: In April 1993, together with Bosnian female psychologists and doctors, Monika Hauser opened the women's therapy centre Medica Zenica - the first centre of its kind. The centre provided targeted support to women and girls who had been systematically raped, tortured and imprisoned during the Yugoslavian wars. The staff in Bosnia-Herzegovina have been carrying out this work as an independent organisation since 2003.
Kosovo: Shortly after the end of the war, in 1999 medica mondiale opened an interdisciplinary women's centre in rural Gjakova. Today, the centre continues to provide comprehensive support for women raped during the war, with advice and programmes to help them secure their livelihood in agricultural self-help groups. Medica Kosova became an independent women's rights organisation in 2003.
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Sabiha Husić has been active at Medica Zenica since 1993 - then it was the first therapy centre for raped and traumatised women in Bosnia. The women's organisation is now independent and Sabiha Husić became the director in 2007.
Sabiha Husic, Director of Medica Zenica
Poverty, high levels of unemployment, and destroyed family relationships - these have all led to a marked increase in societal violence in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Medica Zenica reacted to this by setting up a SOS hotline. In addition, since 2007, there has been an additional Medica Zenica counselling facility within the premises of the local social services authority, which women can enter via a separate entrance.
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Medica Zenica funds courses to train women to become hairdressers. This enables the women to re-develop confidence in their own abilities and also gives them a basis to earn their own living.
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Thousands of women who were raped have been provided with general medical, gynaecological and psychological treatment in the Medica Zenica women's therapy centre since it was opened. During this time, many of these also learnt a trade, such as seamstress.
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Paths to a profession
Here there are very few gynaecologists and even fewer who are trained to deal with trauma. Women who have experienced sexualised violence and harassment are often left alone with the consequences this can have for their health. The gynaecological clinic run by Medica Kosova toured the villages in the Gjakova region until 2011. It was a converted bus fitted out for gynaecological treatment.
Kosovo: Gynaecological clinic on wheels
Over 100 female farmers have formed production groups together. Their products, including honey, are sold in the co-operative's own shops.
The activities of the co-operative's members include dairy farming. In 2009 they founded the very first women farmers' association of Kosovo - an unheard-of event in the country's male-dominated agriculture.
Kosovo: Co-operative for female farmers
Medica Zenica offers a range of vocational training courses: seamstress, hairdresser or upholsterer. Women can also take courses in English and computer skills.
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