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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15 July 2010

Afghan women vow not to accept a peace that harms their achievements

Women from ten organisations, in a meeting of the Peace Building Network (PBN) called by medica mondiale Afghanistan and Afghan Women’s Network (AWN) on Thursday 10 th June, proclaimed their support of the active participation of women in the Peace Jirga and declared with one voice that Afghan women won’t agree to lose their achievements in a peace deal. They praised the active participation of women in the Jirga, and they stipulated that Afghan women will not accept a peace negotiation which causes any harm to or loss of the achievements they have gained over the last ten years.

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15 June 2010

Women’s involvement in the peace process in Afghanistan

Women’s organisations fear backlash in achievements for women’s rights

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14 March 2010

Medica Afghanistan: Legal Assistance for Afghan Woman and Girls

The legal assistance project run by Medica Afghanistan offers general legal advice to women and provides female prisoners with criminal defence in court. The project’s female Afghan lawyers are committed to ensuring a fair trial for the women. Additionally, they also provide legal advice in civil affairs such as divorce and custody cases. Medica Afghanistan’s lawyers and social workers also help to mediate between women and their relatives to mitigate family conflicts. Many women are imprisoned as a result of such conflicts escalating, so this mediation work helps to prevent court cases in advance.

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08 November 2009

Medica Afghanistan: Training medical specialists

The health system in Afghanistan is severely under-developed. Some 26,000 women die every year during pregnancy or birth. The maternal death rate per 100,000 births is 1,600, with an even higher figure in remote areas. Afghanistan’s figure is the second highest in the world, just behind Sierra Leone. Around 80 per cent of pregnant women have to give birth without any professional help whatsoever. Very many women live far too far from a hospital and husbands or other relatives often forbid the pregnant woman from going to hospital anyway. Of course, this lack of medical care for mother and child has a corresponding effect on the child and infant mortality rates, which are also very high. One child in four dies before their fifth birthday.

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14 August 2009

The Afghanistan Election: An interview with a local team member

Elections will be held in Afghanistan on August 20 to choose provincial council members and a national president. For various reasons, many Afghans take little interest in the elections. Many are burdened with problems of their own. Many women who can’t even choose their own husbands can’t grasp the concept of choosing a president. And many believe that the United States has already fixed the presidential election in favor of the incumbent Hamid Karzai. They see the election as an exercise in futility. Ann Jones, an american jounalist spoke to a local team member of medica mondiale Afghanistan.

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