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05 June 2014

Historic Event in the Struggle Against Violence

Press release: Cologne, June 4, 2014. medica mondiale is taking part in the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict from June 10 to 13, 2014, in London.

"This summit is a historic moment in the struggle to end sexualised violence against women and girls. I am calling on everyone involved to take all necessary steps to bring an end to these crimes and create a tangible improvement in the situation of survivors." This is the appeal from Monika Hauser, founder of medica mondiale, in the run-up to the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence. From June 10-13, 2014, the ExCeL London international convention centre will play host to representatives of governments, international organisations such as the UN, and civil society who are coming together to develop strategies to end this violence.

medica mondiale is among those who have been invited to the Global Summit. The women's rights organisation will take part in expert meetings and political dialogues. In addition, it will be presenting its trauma-sensitive approach to the public in the Summit Fringe program on June 11. medica mondiale draws on over 20 years of experience working with the survivors of sexualised wartime violence. "It is time to move on from political declarations of intent and to take corresponding action," says Ms Hauser. She will be making the following recommendations to the participants at the Summit:

  • The adoption of a trauma-sensitive approach during the provision of support to survivors such as psychosocial counselling, medical care and legal advice.

  • The promotion of gender equality before, during and after conflicts, since this is a prerequisite for a non-violent cohabitation of the sexes.

  • Long-term funding for integrated, holistic programmes of direct assistance for survivors.

The hosts of the Global Summit are the British Foreign Secretary William Hague and the UN Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Angelina Jolie. medica mondiale greatly welcomes this initiative, however, at the same time, the women's rights organisation deeply regrets that the German delegation will not include any of the three invited federal ministers - Minister for Foreign Affairs Steinmeier, Minister of Defence von der Leyen or Development Minister Müller.

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Read more on the official website.

Recommendations by medica mondiale for the participants of the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict

Inform your contacts all around London with our E-Card about the public medica mondiale Fringe Event on Wednesday, June 11: "There is no justice here - Sharing of lessons learned about 20 years of implementing solidary, multidisciplinary support programmes."