Every day women and girls around the world are being raped, tortured, kidnapped and enslaved as part of wars and conflict. The new campaign »My body is no battlefield.« from medica mondiale aims to draw attention to these violations of human rights and to demonstrate how women in war zones can be protected.
1. Women are not to blame for being raped – ever.
2. Survivors of sexualised violence have a right to justice.
3. Peace can only be achieved together with women.
4. Rape is a violation of human rights.
5. Together for a world free of violence.
As Monika Hauser heard about the mass rapes of Bosnian women in the Balkans in 1992, war had been raging in former Yugoslavia for a year. Angry and shocked by the descriptions of violence and the media’s insensitive portrayal of the women affected, as well as the lack of appropriate action from the aid agencies and responsible politicians, the young assistant doctor quickly decided to travel straight into the war zone herself.
Her aim was to offer support and security to women and girls affected by violence and ensure they benefited from empathy and medical care. Together with local female specialists, Hauser founded a women’s therapy centre in 1993 in the central Bosnian town of Zenica, laying the foundations for an active commitment that has endured to the present day.
"Peace signifies a beautiful house, where the inhabitants love and respect each other, share chores and where there is enough food and possessions for everyone."Godelieve Mukasarasi, director of SEVOTA, Ruanda
"I feel peace on days when the man in my house does not behave like a lion, always roaring and ready to pounce. Women live in constant fear even when there is no war."Survivor, beneficiary of MEMPROW, Uganda
"Peace means being free from fear, insecurity and uncertainty."Grace Arach, director of FOWAC, Uganda
"Peace to me signifies the mental state, physical condition and environmental situation that empower and enable a woman to relax and move freely in her community, go about her business and raise her children."Immaculée Birhaheka, Head of PAIF, DR Congo
"For me, peace is when I am able to speak without self-censorship among men. For my clients, and this is what women have told me in the discussions: 'When there is no fear of oppression'."Hilda Tadria, director of MEMPROW, Uganda
"Peace means living a normal live, without fear of being suddenly attacked, raped or humiliated. Respect, gratitude, punishment of the perpetrators and forgiveness are essential."Vive Žene, partner organisation in Bosnia and Herzegowina
"We frequently compare peace with big calm bodies of water (oceans, lakes). As a human can only develop in peace and quiet, fishermen can only go about their work in calm waters."La Floraison, partner organisation in DR Congo
"Where there is peace, a pruning knife is used as a razor (not as a weapon)."SFBLSP, partner organisation Burundi