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

"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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27 July 2017

Uganda: Empowering girls

The discrimination of girls in Northern Uganda extends throughout all areas of life. Sexualised violence and unwanted pregnancies are major problems. Our partner organisation, Mentoring and Empowerment Programme for Young Women (MEMPROW), seeks to challenge this. Its objective is to empower girls and, through education, open up...

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18 May 2017

Burundi: A House of Hope

Hidden away in the centre of the Burundian capital Bujumbura is Marthe Robin House. Twelve women and girls, and their nine children, are currently living there. Sometimes this number is higher. The women and girls were thrown out by their families when they became pregnant. Marthe Robin House offers them more than just a roof...

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21 December 2016

Monika Hauser on the occasion of the year's end: What is essential to live a good life?

A little while ago I was preparing a public talk on the issue: “What do humans need?” At first glance there seemed to be many ways to answer it. What do I need as a citizen? What do I need as a friend? What is essential to my role as a mother? And what are the requirements in my work as a peacemaker? What does a professional...

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06 October 2016

Berlin: Global Peacebuilder Summit unites Peace Activists

Recently, 30 peacemakers from all over the world came together in Paretz, near Berlin, for the first Global Peacebuilder Summit. The invitations were issued by the Culture Counts Foundation to take part in a 5-day programme on the role of civil society in peace processes. Among the participants was Monika Hauser, who was the...

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