19 January 2018

Kvinna till Kvinna – Woman to Woman

Right from the start there has been a close connection between the histories of the foundation Kvinna till Kvinna from Stockholm and medica mondiale from Cologne. Both organisations grew out of civil volunteer initiatives that started as a reaction to the mass rapes in Bosnia. Both organisations have been working ever since then...

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07 December 2017

“She is a staunch feminist.”

Twenty-five years ago, the historian Gabi Mischkowski received a telephone call from a “crazy doctor” offering to help her support women caught up in the Bosnian war. That call marked the beginning of the story of medica mondiale, the women’s rights organisation.

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10 November 2017

Women’s rights heroine Godelive Kanyamuneza: "People need to learn that every single person is valuable."

When we asked her what her strengths were, Godelive Kanyamuneza referred to her organisational talent, her expertise and her leadership experience. However, it would appear that her greatest strength might actually be her talent for persuasion and motivation. Within a few short years she has succeeded in establishing a safe...

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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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