13 October 2017

Women and girls in northern Iraq: Refuge found, but still far from safety

The conflicts in Syria and Iraq continue. Even the liberation of the occupied city of Mosul does not mean the battles in the region are over. More than 3.4 million people are displaced within Iraq, having fled from war and terror. The majority of these are now in the Kurdish Autonomous Region. These are joined by a further...

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13 October 2017

"Go to PAIF!" – Integrated support for women and girls in Eastern Congo

"Go to PAIF!" is often what women in Eastern Congo hear when they are in need of help because they have been raped, kidnapped by rebels, mistreated by their husbands or have an unwanted pregnancy. Since it was founded in 1993, the women’s rights organisation PAIF has built up a network of support in the provinces of North and...

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13 October 2017

Asylum policy towards Afghanistan needs rethinking

The ongoing violence in Afghanistan leads medica mondiale to call on the German government to rethink its asylum policy. “The government has to immediately reconsider the current policy. People from Afghanistan need to be offered opportunities here in Germany instead of being forcibly sent back into the midst of a catastrophic...

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18 September 2017

Women’s rights heroine Shakiba: "I will never remain silent when I see injustice against women."

When she leaves the house to go to work in the morning, Shakiba Amiri has to think carefully about the route she takes. The wrong choice could be the difference between life and death. Her home city Kabul is a dangerous place to be walking the streets. Violent attacks shake the city almost every day. Fortunately, as yet the...

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30 June 2017

Women as a Key to Integration

Accepting an invitation from German Member of Parliament Gabriela Heinrich, on June 26, 2017, Sybille Fezer, Managing Director at medica mondiale, travelled to Strasbourg for a hearing at the Council of Europe. The meeting served to inform members of the Equality and Non-Discrimination Committee as part of the topic “Migration...

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29 May 2017

Women’s rights heroine Sofije T.: “I want our voice to be heard.”

During the Kosovo war she was raped. Today she is fighting for justice for women who survived sexualised violence. Sofije T. is a client of our partner organisation Medica Gjakova. Her story is sad but also encouraging.

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