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25th Anniversary Congratulations from our partnerorganisation SEVOTA, Rwanda. SEVOTA youthclub - you are great :-)


Artists: SEVOTA Youthclub
Copyright: medica mondiale
Used videos: Anna Famula/medica mondiale
Editing: Marisa Reichert & Christine Vallbracht/medica mondiale 
Anniversary Special 25 years medica mondiale:
www.medicamondiale.org/25-years

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What has medica mondiale been able to move in the past 25 years? What was actually achieved? What are we proud of? On 6 pages the Cologne Women's Rights Organization takes stock, presents milestones, achievements as well as the campaign "My body is no battlefield". In addition, Monika Hauser, founder of medica mondiale, and Sabiha Husić, director of our partner organization Medica Zenica, are available for interviews.

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A commentary by Sybille Fezer (Board member medica mondiale), Monika Hauser (Board member medica mondiale), and Cordula Reimann (core, independent international consultant, trainer and coach).
Published as short version in the german newspaper taz on 12 March 2018

"#AidToo" – it has now also reached the aid and development organisations: as a debate on sexual assault of female staff, sexual violence, sexual exploitation and abuse of power of women in need of help and children in foreign missions. Is that a surprise? No, whoever understands the chain between sexism, gender discrimination, inequality, global injustice, and post-colonial dependencies is not surprised. The larger the power gap, the bigger the danger of abuse of power: On the one hand, there are development and aid staff and expats, often white and from the Global North, with money in their pockets; on the other hand, there are local women, men and children often traumatized suffering severely under violent conflicts or the effects of natural disasters. In many of these crisis areas, a state of emergency prevails wihtout any rule of law and an “anything goes” mentality. Corruption, impunity, a "culture of violence", financial dependence on donors and sexual exploitation are integral part of everyday life and a logical means of survival.

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Karin Griese, Head of the Trauma Work Department at medica mondiale
Alena Mehlau, Trauma Work Officer at medica mondiale


Guiding the work of medica mondiale is an attitude of sensitivity towards both trauma and stress. This stress- and trauma-sensitive approach has a strengthening and relieving effect on the affected people and also the activists, specialist staff and working groups. For medica mondiale, trauma as a consequence of violence is not to be found exclusively in the area of (individual) psychology, but also very significantly at the level of society and politics. For this reason, even a multi-sectoral approach to supporting those affected by violence cannot stand alone: it must go hand in hand with measures to bring about change in general political conditions, societal structures and public awareness.

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„Rise up, rise up, women of Africa“
Our partner organisation MEMPROW in Uganda warmly greets all supporters of medica mondiale with their women's rights song:
Rise up, rise up, women of Africa,
Rise up, rise up girls of Africa,
Oh, discover the treasure in you.
Say no to gender bias, Domestic and sexual abuse,
Keep off peer pressure No no no no no
Portray a sign of hope
The team of medica mondiale wishes you joy, strenght and confidence for the new year. 
Singers: Pupils of the Erussi Secondary School in Nebbi (Uganda), strengthened by MEMPROW.
Copyright: Rendel Freude/medica mondiale

Read more about the work of our partner organsation MEMPROW in Uganda.

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Why an interlinked approach of psychosocial and economic empowerment?

The disempowerment of women and girls in the North of Uganda is thus multi-layered, interdependent and complex. Women and girls suffer from various sources of stress, such as traumatic stress due to wounds from the war that remain unhealed and have far-reaching consequences in contemporary families and communities, as well as ongoing existential stress.

This can be seen as long-term consequences of war, community disruption and displacement. These factors severely reinforce the poverty that the region is already struggling with due to the long-term consequences of the conflict and the dependency syndrome that was acquired during years of living in IDP camps.

As a result, it is unlikely that the socio-economic situation will improve if people are not helped to overcome these personal and social-relational blockages and rediscover their ability to develop the economic potential of the area. Economic success clearly needs stable minds and stable and empowering relationships.

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medica mondiale and FOWAC permit non-profit organisations to reproduce and translate this manual for use in workshops, or as a general training tool. However, we would ask anyone who does so to give both medica mondiale and FOWAC due recognition and, where written material is produced, using our drawings, texts or ideas, to ask for permission at info@medicamondiale.org and fowacwomen@gmail.com and send a copy of the material to both organisations.

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