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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20 March 2017

Blog interview with Sybille Fezer: “A lack of prospects leads to a high level of violence against women and children.”

The blogger Katharina Lotter wanted to learn more about rape as a weapon of war and to know what long-term help for women in northern Iraq could look like, so she interviewed Sybille Fezer, Managing Director of medica mondiale.

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20 March 2017

Women’s rights heroine from Liberia: “I am good at motivating other women.”

Theresa Dunbar has been working for almost ten years as a psychosocial counsellor at medica Liberia. This “normal village woman” is now responsible for three districts in Sinoe, a region in south-eastern Liberia, and is helping to shape the struggle to improve women’s rights. Lena Reul from medica mondiale spoke with her during...

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13 March 2017

Women’s rights heroine from Uganda: Grace Arach

At the end of the civil war, Grace Arach set up an independent women’s rights organisation in Uganda. For ten years her organisation has been patching up part of the post-war society by strengthening women and families. How did the impressive young woman manage to retain her energy and smile as she faced many difficulties and...

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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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