23 June 2014

To bring about real changes: Global Summit to End Sexual Violence

“‘I am proud to be a survivor’ – this statement was the one which impressed me the most at the summit against sexual violence,” declared Jeannette Böhme, Advocacy and Human Rights Officer at medica mondiale. In London from June 10-13, 2014, governmental representatives from more than 120 countries came together and were joined...

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05 June 2014

Side-by-side for women's rights

Since January 2014, Masiha Fayez has been managing the Politics and Women's Rights department at Medica Afghanistan. For 10 years before that, she was responsible for the legal assistance provided by the women's organisation. The 40-year-old legal and political scientist studied at the University of Kabul and completed...

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04 April 2014

Humaira Rasuli about current challenges for Medica Afghanistan

medica mondiale has been working in Afghanistan since 2002 and Medica Afghanistan became an independent women’s organisation in December 2010. Today this young organisation faces great challenges. At the invitation of GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit), the Director of Medica Afghanistan, Humaira...

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04 April 2014

The story of the palm tree

Long, long ago there was a young palm tree who lived in the desert. She loved life, and looked forward to experiencing everything that came her way. She felt joy in each sunrise as the first rays of sunlight touched her branches, she was happy when birds came to rest in her shade as the day grew hotter, she danced in the desert...

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09 July 2013

Survey: The daily practice of the Afghan Elimination of Violence Against Women Law

The Afghan "Elimination of Violence Against Women Law" (EVAW Law), which was passed in 2009, is the first law in Afghanistan to criminalise violence against women. This law is a milestone in the fight for Afghan women's and girl's rights. However, since May 18th, 2013 there is reason for concern as the Afghan parliament might...

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10 December 2012

Afghanistan Conference - Does violence against woman endanger the peace process?

"Violence against women is a threat to peace and security – in Afghanistan and in the world as whole." With this remark, Dr Monika Hauser, founder of the women's rights organisation medica mondiale, opened the international conference "Hope for peace and fear for women's rights in Afghanistan". This conference took place in Bad Godesberg from November 30 to December 1 and was organised jointly by medica mondiale and the Evangelische Akademie im Rheinland (Protestant Academy). Around 80 guests attended to discuss the opportunities for a just peace in Afghanistan with Afghan women's rights advocates and German Afghanistan experts. Most Afghan women and girls still live in a climate of violence and their voices are not being heard at a political level.

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