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Economic support

Secure livelihood

medica mondiale enables survivors to take part in simple vocational training courses, learning trades such as tailoring or farming which enable them to secure their own livelihood.

Educational and public relations work, awareness raising

medica mondiale draws public attention to the global scandal of sexualised violence

medica mondiale draws public attention to the global scandal of sexualised violence in war and its consequences, provides information about the causes and the background of such violence and demands for the public to face up to the topic of war rapes.

Awareness raising for police and legal professionals

Lawyers from medica mondiale and partner organisations are also working towards raising awareness at judicial and police authorities. Violence against women has no legal consequences in many societies: these crimes are not prosecuted by...

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Empowerment

The term “to empower” means to enable someone to do or achieve something.

The term “to empower” means to enable someone to do or achieve something: women and girls in war and crisis zones are enabled and encouraged to identify and expand their own room for manoeuvre, to exert influence on the shift in the balance of power in society and thus to improve their future life situation.

Empowerment group

Support for empowerment and coping strategies by meeting with like-minded women

In the following we would like to expand upon the term “self-help group” by avoiding the sometimes problematic term “self-help” itself and instead referring to the groups as “empowerment” or “peer” groups.

Knowledge from the field of group psychology tells us that in groups, impacts can often develop which seldom arise in one-to-one sessions: in particular, groups impart hope and counteract feelings of isolation because of the facilitated encounters with like-minded people who have had similar experiences or overcome similiar problems....

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EVAW-Law (Elimination of Violence against Women)

Law since 2009, defines and penalises various types of violence against women

In 2009 a new law entered into force that defines and penalises various types of violence against women. For the first time, rape is now a statutory offence in Afghanistan and domestic violence is also recognised as a crime. This could lead to an improvement in the lives of many Afghan women, but there is still very little enforcement of the new law. Hardly any of the judges, state prosecutors or defence lawyers know about the law and even if they do, this doesn’t mean they all accept it.

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