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Corona-Talk Compilation: How can women's rights work continue under difficult conditions, such as now in the Corona pandemic?


Compilation of a talk between Caroline Bowah, Director of medica Liberia and Sybille Fezer, Director of medica mondiale and former regional manager for Liberia about how the Ebola epidemic in 2014 affected their work and life. How did medica Liberia as a women’s rights organization transformed their work and therefor played a key role in curbing the epidemic back in the days?


The Covid-19 crisis sheds light on the vulnerability of women’s rights all over the world. Women are key in coping with crisis, most of the life-sustaining work is done by women. At the same time the situation for women gets worse in the moment a crisis occurs. Violence against women is increasing, for instance physical isolation leads to a rise in domestic violence. Important political projects are crossed from the agenda, attention for long-term feminist issues declines. Women’s rights organizations have to reorganize their work and sometimes completely turn upside down their work in order to respond to an epidemic.


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Video: Corona-Talk, full version – How to fight for Women`s rights in a Crisis

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Corona-Talk, full version: How can women's rights work continue under difficult conditions, such as now in the Corona pandemic?


Caroline Bowah, Director of medica Liberia and Sybille Fezer, Director of medica mondiale and former regional manager for Liberia were working together in 2014 when Ebola hit Liberia. In a live-streamed conversation these two well experienced women’s rights defenders are remembering how the epidemic affected their work and life. Caroline shares first hand information about how an epidemic crisis lead to a worsening of women’s rights and gives insights on what preventive and urgent measures could be. How did medica Liberia as a women’s rights organization transformed their work and therefor played a key role in curbing the epidemic back in the days?


The Covid-19 crisis sheds light on the vulnerability of women’s rights all over the world. Women are key in coping with crisis, most of the life-sustaining work is done by women. At the same time the situation for women gets worse in the moment a crisis occurs. Violence against women is increasing, for instance physical isolation leads to a rise in domestic violence. Important political projects are crossed from the agenda, attention for long-term feminist issues declines. Women’s rights organizations have to reorganize their work and sometimes completely turn upside down their work in order to respond to an epidemic.

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The Syria/Iraq region has been a focus of our grant program for partner organisations since autumn 2014. Women and girls from Syria and Iraq are affected by and threatened with sexualised violence both in their home regions and when fleeing. In cooperation with local women’s organisations in Sulaymaniyah, Iraq, and the regional government of the autonomous region of Kurdistan in Dohuk, Iraq, we are training the staff in safe houses and women’s advice centres as well as police officers and healthcare professionals in the provision of emergency assistance to women and girls affected by violence.


You can find further information on our work in the region here.

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medica mondiale is a feminist women’s rights organisation. Since 1993 we have been actively supporting women and girls in war zones and crisis areas who were affected by sexualised violence. Together with local women’s organisations, we support survivors and advocate politically for gender justice and an end to the violence.


In 2008, the founder of medica mondiale, Monika Hauser, was awarded the Right Livelihood Award – also known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize”.


Our Vision: Women and girls are living in a world free of violence; they live in dignity and justice.

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medica mondiale est une organisation féministe de défense des droits des femmes. Depuis 1993, nous nous engageons dans les zones de guerre et de crise en faveur des femmes et des filles survivantes de violences sexualisées. De concert avec les associations féminines locales, nous apportons notre aide aux survivantes et nous engageons à la lutte contre inégalités de genre et les violences faites aux femmes et aux filles.


En 2008, Monika Hauser, fondatrice de medica mondiale, s’est vue décerner le Right Livelihood Award, aussi appelé le Prix Nobel alternatif.


Notre vision : Un monde exempt de violence, où les femmes et les filles vivent dans la dignité et sur un pied d’égalité.

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The book "I am Anemone" includes the stories of 24 women and one man who survived sexualised violence during the war in Kosovo. It's the first book of this kind written in Kosovo. It was published by Medica Gjakova on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of medica mondiale in Kosovo.


With forewords by:
Dr. Monika Hauser (founder and chair of the executive board of medica mondiale e.V.)
Atifete Jahjaga (President of the Republic of Kosovo, 2011-2016)
Salie Gajtani-Osmankaq (Co-author of the book)


Publishing of this book was supported by medica mondiale and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

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News about the evaluation report: implement prevention of violence in a sustainable way
Strengthening and extending local solidarity and protection networks to reduce violence against women and girls


The overall objective of the project is to contribute to the reduction of violence against women and girls, to their wellbeing and empowerment, particularly survivors of Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV), and to more gender balanced and less violent interaction in communities.


medica Liberia (mL) uses a holistic approach by establishing and strengthening local protection networks, providing medical, legal and psychosocial quality counseling and treatment for survivors of violence, and improving public services through training and awareness raising on SGBV in 12 communities in Sinoe County, South East Liberia. An economic empowerment component for survivors and women voluntarily dedicating their time to the network is included to achieve sustainability.


An evaluation was carried out between February and March 2019. It was conducted in line with OECD/ DAC evaluation criteria and standards. Findings reflect that the community protection networks have been effective in addressing SGBV in the communities. Women perceive life as more peaceful than before the project, and violence has reduced in homes. However, while women have been strengthened economically, components for economic empowerment still pose challenges and need further support.

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This brochure is intended to present some of the causes and consequences of the ubiquitous violence against women and girls, as well as some selected examples of our work. It is the responsibility of us all to develop an awareness for the social contexts of this violence, to take them seriously and to do what we can to change them. Only then will the cycle of violence be broken and gender justice become possible.


© medica mondiale, 2019

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