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This year women’s and peace activists celebrated International Women’s Day for the one hundredth time. Suffrage for women and an end to war were both among the first issues highlighted by early women’s rights campaigners and their voices were later joined by those of female peace and women’s rights activists from Africa, Asia and Latin America as colonies all over the world gained independence in the 1960s. The UN Decade for Women: Equality, Development and Peace (1975-1985) gave them a new platform to make their demands heard worldwide. In 1977 the UN General Assembly proclaimed International Women’s Day to be the UN Day for Women's Rights and International Peace.

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In September 2009, medica mondiale joined the Ministry of Hajj and Islamic Affairs of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to conduct a groundbreaking workshop in Kabul, attended by thirty-six mullahs and religious authorities. The workshop was so well received that it was repeated in Herat in May 2010 with twenty-five mullahs in attendance. The subject under discussion was the registration of marriages, a topic of vital importance to medica mondiale as it seeks to eliminate violence against women.

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From January 2009 to January 2011 Medica Kosova, with funding from the European Commission and medica mondiale, conducted a project that aimed at strengthening the social and political role of women farmers in Kosovo, amongst others through the establishment of a women farmers’ organisation. The following evaluation gives an insight into the project and deals with the question, in how far the women have been strengthened socially and politically, what still need to be done and whether a women farmers’ organisation was actually established after all. The evaluation of the project took place between 8 October and 29 October 2010.


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Summary and conclusions of the study „… and that it does not happen to anyone anywhere in the world". The Trouble with Rape Trials – Views of Witnesses, Prosecutors and Judgeson Prosecuting Sexualised Violence during the War in the former Yugoslavia, Gabriela Mischkowski/medica mondiale, December 2009, 23 pages, 180 KB

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Mabuse-Verlag 2005, 357 p. CD included, 19,90 Euro, ISBN 3-938304-26-X.

This handbook, compiled by medica mondiale, represents the first comprehensive, multidisciplinary overview of the subject of "war-related sexualised violence and trauma". The articles in it describe various working approaches which have proved valuable in working with traumatised women in areas of political crisis as well as with women refugees in countries of exile.

The book provides information on the extent of sexualised violence in regions of war and political crisis and on its background; it describes the consequences for women and girls within their cultural context and gives particular attention to the difficult situation of women who appear as witnesses at court trials.

The practice-oriented part of the book contains a wide range of recommendations for dealing with the consequences of sexualised violence and trauma for professional helpers working in the areas of gynaecology, sychosocial work and therapy, legal counselling and court practice as well as in the field of development or humanitarian aid.

If you order the book with this order sheet 3 Euro will go as donation to medica mondiale.

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