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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24 September 2015

Six new partner organisations in Southeast Europe

With six new partner organisations in Southeast Europe, medica mondiale is strengthening its network for women and girls in the region. medica mondiale is represented by a partner organisation in almost all of the states of former Yugoslavia. The six partners in Croatia, Serbia, Albania, Kosovo and Bosnia-Herzegovina will each...

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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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16 July 2015

Monika Hauser: “The men did not ask their wives, ‘So what happened to you during the war?’ because they did not want their wives to ask them, ‘And what did you do over there?’”

70 years after the end of the Second World War – an opportunity to speak about sexualised wartime violence at last? In her recent book “When The Soldiers Came”, historian Miriam Gebhardt reveals: Allied soldiers raped during the Second World War – even the ‘good guys’ did it. In the German magazine GEO in May there was an...

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17 June 2015

Interview with Humaira Rasuli of Medica Afghanistan: “Our rights are being sacrificed in the name of peace.”

On her way back from an International women's peace conference in The Hague, Humaira Rasuli, Director of Medica Afghanistan, called in to the head office of medica mondiale in Cologne. In her interview, the women’s rights campaigner talks about young Afghan women’s desires, what she hopes the government will do, and that the...

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06 May 2015

Syria: Creating stability, training Syrian activists and enabling support

The civil war in Syria started in 2011 and has not ended, President Bashar al-Assad’s government troops are still involved in serious clashes with various Syrian opposition groups. Having started as an attempt to gain democracy as part of the "Arab Spring", the struggles now seem to have become a battle between religions and...

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