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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18 May 2017

Humaira Rasuli, Medica Afghanistan: “These roles for men and women are not laid down in Sharia law.”

What is life like for women and girls today in Afghanistan? According to the Afghan constitution they have the same rights as men. These include the rights to education, health and physical integrity. The actual conditions that women live under are revealed by a representative study conducted by the Afghan Ministry of Health....

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24 May 2017

Women’s Rights Conference in Kosovo: “19 years ago, death was knocking at the door.”

For almost 20 years, medica mondiale has been working to support women who were subjected to sexualised violence during the Kosovo war. For the same length of time, the affected women have been waiting for justice. Mechthild Buchholz, Press Spokeswoman at medica mondiale, travelled together with colleagues to the “Empower Women...

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08 May 2017

Empower Women Now - Conference

“Strengthened efforts are urgently required during the next months to ensure that the reparation scheme for survivors of sexualised violence is implemented in Kosovo”, demands Linda Sada, director of Media Gjakova, a women’s rights organization in Kosovo. “Our conference aims to speed up the process of a timely implementation of...

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05 May 2017

Video: Tips for refugee women from refugee women

They fled to Germany some years ago. Now the women who made the film "Hand in Hand with Women" are turning to the women refugees who have just arrived in the country. The film offers them important tips and guidance on how to live a more self-determined life and to integrate in German society successfully. (English Video with German subtitles)

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28 April 2017

Women’s rights heroine Helene Batemona-Abeke: Empowerment from Cologne

The current usage of the term ‘empowerment’ is relatively new, having its origins in the 1980s. And in the 90s, as the Spice Girls were proclaiming the related feminist slogan ‘girl power’ throughout the world, Helene Batemona-Abeke came from Kenya to Germany. Her professional life is certainly a story of helping others gain...

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