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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27 July 2015

Kosovo: President honours work of Medica Gjakova

VIP guests at Medica Gjakova: On July 22, 2015, the workers at the women’s rights organisation in Gjakova hosted a visit by the President of Kosovo, Ms Atifete Jahjaga, and the Minister of State at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict,...

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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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