01 February 2012

DR Congo: AFPDE - Medical aid for female rape victims

Project sponsorship in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, South KivuWith medica mondiale support, the Congolese women’s organisation AFPDE (Association des Femmes pour la Promotion et le Développement Endogène) is able to provide medical care to women in Kaniola, a community in the province of South Kivu. AFPDE helps with the payment for operations and medication, and also ensures that women receive psychosocial support. Around 950 survivors of sexualised violence have been able to obtain medical and psychosocial help since 2008 thanks to medica mondiale.

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16 January 2012

Medica Afghanistan: Psychosocial counselling and training

Everyday life for women in Afghanistan is still characterised by extreme breaches of human rights. According to UN reports, rape is still commonplace and 87 per cent of women are regularly beaten. This often leads to serious psychosocial problems and even psychosomatic illness. Medica Afghanistan offers Afghan women regular conversation groups and individual counselling sessions to help them deal with their trauma and find a new lease of life.

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15 May 2011

Medica Kosova: Breaking the silence

During the Kosova War, Serbian members of the military raped thousands of Kosova Albanian women and girls, and Albanian militiamen committed acts of terrible violence against Roma women. The military razed houses, destroyed fields and killed men and boys. What remains are many war widows and women who have to date not managed to speak about what happened to them. For rape is regarded as a “violation of honour” in traditional Kosovan society. It is a taboo subject.

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11 April 2011

Medica Afghanistan: Human Rights - for Woman, too!

Domestic violence, forced marriage, rape and honour killing are serious breaches of human rights which women and girls in Afghanistan are confronted with on a daily basis. This violence is insufferable for many of them and some see only one way out: taking their own life.

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22 March 2011

Medica Tirana: The Therapy Centre in Tirana

Albania is one of the poorest countries in Europe, almost forgotten is its long history of conflict. As a result of the Balkan wars, the communist dictatorship of Enver Hoxha and the wars in Yugoslavia, Albania still suffers from a fragile state, corruption, crime, unemployment and rural exodus. Despite its increasing orientation towards the European Union, the situation of many women and girls continues to be precarious. While the country has economic progress, patriarchal traditions and blood vengeance just return back to the slums, the rural areas and the suburbs. The everyday life of many Albanian women is not only marked by poverty and high unemployment, but also by trafficking in women, violence and domination by male family members.

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02 February 2011

Independence for medica mondiale in Afghanistan: Founding of Medica Afghanistan

We finally made it: at the beginning of this year medica mondiale Afghanistan became an independent non-governmental organisation. The individual Afghan projects run by medica mondiale had been growing ever closer since the start of the organisation’s work in the country in 2002, and this has now developed into a courageous and capable women’s rights organisation to be known as Medica Afghanistan - Women Support Organisation. The name was chosen to express the close connection to its sister organisation in Cologne, Germany.

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