22 April 2016

Germany: medica mondiale demands more protection for women and girls during armed conflicts

In the midst of war, fleeing conflict zones, or seeking refuge in Germany – women and girls are being subjected to massive sexualised and gender-based violence throughout the world. VENRO, the umbrella organisation of development and humanitarian aid non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Germany, is calling on the German...

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17 December 2015

Documentation: Expert Dialogue in the Foreign Office

Together with the German Federal Government’s Commissioner for Human Rights Policy, Christoph Strässer, medica mondiale organised an Expert Dialogue in July on the topic “From rhetoric to practice: Strategies to prevent violence against women and girls during conflicts.” medica mondiale has compiled and published the...

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01 December 2015

“We have been harmed but we are brave and strong”

Survivors need psychosocial support from trained staff, societal recognition, justice by seeing perpetrators punished, and adequate financial support for projects combating sexualised violence – these are the demands voiced at a symposium organised by medica mondiale on November 30, 2015. Some 100 women and a few men came...

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24 September 2015

Comment from Monika Hauser: Refugees in Germany – opportunity and responsibility

Currently we are seeing a widespread feeling of responsibility for the refugees and an enormous willingness to help them. Touched by the plight of these people fleeing war and despair, a majority of German people can no longer sit and watch but rather want to take action. Seen politically, the Western industrialised nations are...

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26 August 2015

Karin Griese, Head of the Trauma Work Department: “Trauma as the consequence of experiencing violence cannot be treated solely by treating the symptoms.”

During war and post-war periods, women and girls experience rape, sexualised torture, sexual enslavement and other forms of life-threatening, gender-specific violence. In order to be able to regain stability, survivors need both empathic specialist support and a trauma-sensitive social environment that does not tolerate...

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17 June 2015

Syria/North Iraq: Survivors need more than bread, water and electricity

Traumatised families, overcrowded refugee camps, the proliferation of fighting – the situation in the crisis area Syria/Iraq continues to be very worrying. In April 2015, the psychologist Sybille Manneschmidt travelled to northern Iraq on behalf of medica mondiale. She appraised the local situation and drew up a draft proposal...

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