02 February 2016

The beauty of a country lies in its people

In September 2015, Kosovo, Albania and Montenegro were declared to be safe countries of origin. According to Article 16a of the German Basic Law, in these countries “neither political persecution nor inhuman or degrading punishment or treatment exists”. We spoke with Linda Sada, Director of our partner organisation Medica...

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14 January 2016

Comment Monika Hauser: Stop looking the other way! And no excuses! (#ausnahmslos)

The sexualised assaults in Cologne on New Year’s Eve were a nightmare for the women affected. They have a right to receive long-term support and to see the perpetrators brought to justice. The collective nature of these assaults was very unusual, but this can in no way be seen to justify racist ostracism and agitation. Nor...

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17 December 2015

Documentation: Expert Dialogue in the Foreign Office

Together with the German Federal Government’s Commissioner for Human Rights Policy, Christoph Strässer, medica mondiale organised an Expert Dialogue in July on the topic “From rhetoric to practice: Strategies to prevent violence against women and girls during conflicts.” medica mondiale has compiled and published the...

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01 December 2015

“We have been harmed but we are brave and strong”

Survivors need psychosocial support from trained staff, societal recognition, justice by seeing perpetrators punished, and adequate financial support for projects combating sexualised violence – these are the demands voiced at a symposium organised by medica mondiale on November 30, 2015. Some 100 women and a few men came...

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29 October 2015

Speech is Silver, Action is Golden: On the 15th anniversary of UN Resolution 1325 "Women, Peace and Security"

Press Release: Cologne, October 29, 2015. Fifteen years ago, on October 31, 2000, the United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 1325 on “Women, Peace and Security”. Its main demands are the participation of women in peace processes and the protection of women from sexualised violence during armed conflict. “Neither the...

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16 October 2015

Minister Steinmeier: German foreign policy has to change

On October 11, the Social Democratic Party (SPD) organised its “Outlook Congress 2015” in Mainz, where some 500 participants discussed future directions for party policies. The founder of medica mondiale, Monika Hauser, was invited to take part as an independent expert. She spoke in the session on German foreign policy, together...

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