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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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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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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11 August 2015

Women’s Court in Sarajevo – a Feminist Approach to Justice

From May 7-10, 2015, over 5000 women gathered in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, to break the silence regarding war crimes in former Yugoslavia. The women’s rights organisation “Women in Black” had initiated and coordinated the meeting in Hotel Sarajevo. Under their leadership, preparations for the symbolic court were carried out...

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