18 January 2017

Series "heroines promoting women's rights": Elisabeth Selbert (1896-1986)

In Germany the principle of equality has been anchored in the constitution since 1948. However, the principle was not originally in the Basic Law: its inclusion was largely due to the recalcitrance of one woman, Elisabeth Selbert. She was a lawyer from Kassel and one of the four women in the Parliamentary Council who were later...

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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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04 October 2016

Berlin: medica mondiale calls for protection and support for women’s rights defenders

On September 27, 2016, Sabiha Husic, Director of Medica Zenica, Humaira Rasuli, Director of Medica Afghanistan, and Jeannette Böhme, Advocacy and Human Rights Officer at medica mondiale, travelled to Berlin together to raise awareness of the consequences of sexualised wartime violence. In conversations with the Human Rights...

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05 August 2016

OSCE Conference: “Inspiring yet sobering”

Recently, Monika Hauser, the founder of medica mondiale, attended a conference organised by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna, participating in a discussion on strategies for combating violence against women. The heart of Monika Hauser’s message can be summarised as: “Fine words are no...

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06 June 2016

“Women’s rights are being used as an alibi during the peace talks,” says Saifora Paktiss from Medica Afghanistan

In April, members of our communications staff had the opportunity to interview four key staff from Medica Afghanistan at our Cologne headquarters. They shared firsthand knowledge and impressions of their work, the ‘alibi policies’ of the Afghan government and how the women remain optimistic in spite of the obstacles they face.

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24 May 2016

“Women’s rights in our country have nothing to do with the presence or absence of the international military forces,” says Saifora Paktiss, Medica Afghanistan.

In April four staff members of Medica Afghanistan had the opportunity to visit the main office of medica mondiale in Cologne. They met colleagues from the communication department and shared firsthand knowledge about the impact of the withdrawal of international military troops on everyday life and women’s rights in Afghanistan....

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