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News about the Evaluation Report "Women’s rights in Uganda were strengthened"
Empowering female survivors of sexualized and gender-based violence in Northern Uganda. The overall objective of the project is the improvement of living conditions of female survivors of sexualized and gender-based violence in Northern Uganda. The main target group consists of 400 women particularly affected by the consequences of conflict. Additionally, about 300 female survivors of (sexualized and) gender-based violence addressing FOWAC for help receive psychosocial, legal and medical support. Measures to achieve the objectives include psychosocial counselling, socioeconomic activities and awareness raising and advocating for the rights of women and girls in collaboration with other stakeholders.


News about the Evaluation Report: Transition needs tenacity and tailor-made measures

In 2013, medica Liberia started a three-year project aiming to achieve long-term improvements in the situation of women and girls in south-eastern Liberia. The intention was to ensure survivors of sexualised violence would experience solidarity and support within their village communities. However, an evaluation has now shown that rigid traditional structures, stigmatisation and the Ebola crisis all made it difficult to achieve the desired impacts.


There has hardly been a year that has caused as much upheaval as 2015. It was a year in which violence was ubiquitous. We saw it in the media: terror attacks in Paris or war reports from Syria or the Ukraine.
We saw it outside the daily news coverage, for example in Afghanistan, where human rights violations and gender-based violence against women and girls keep increasing. And we see it in Europe, where the so-called community of values of the EU leaves thousands of refugees who are fleeing, at the external borders, or in overcrowded reception camps, to a fate of despair, exploitation, or death.
Policy-makers and society bear a responsibility towards those who come to us seeking shelter: to protect them and to give them a perspective. That includes providing security, work, language lessons and, particularly, stress- and trauma-sensitive counselling and support.
In order to assume its share of this responsibility, medica mondiale made Germany one of its project countries in 2015, and is going to train full-time staff and volunteers, who work with refugees, in a stress- and trauma-sensitive approach.
At the same time, we have been involved, since March 2015, in northern Iraq where thousands of refugees are now living. There, we support local authorities and women’s rights initiatives working on behalf of women and girls.
Many people in Germany want to do what we do – to help women and girls seeking refuge in Germany or elsewhere in the world. Therefore, 2015 has also been a year of solidarity – and that is encouraging. You, our supporters, have also taken action and supported us and our project colleagues with donations, messages of solidarity, creativity, and a lot of commitment.
Thank you very much.


Vienna, July 22nd, 2016, OSCE Gender Conference:
- Combating violence against women in the OSCE region – bringing security home.
- Supporting victims of gender-based violence and addressing impunit.
"I’m very pleased to have the chance to contribute to this discussion. For more than 2 decades, medica mondiale has been providing support in areas of conflict and war to women and girls who have survived sexualized violence – such as in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Afghanistan or Liberia. Together with local women’s initiatives and activists we build up solidarity structures, protection and shelter networks, and independent women’s organizations. Armed conflicts may come to an end, but the suffering of survivors generally does not."
Monika Hauser


Armed conflicts and wars have devastating consequences for the people who are directly affected.
Girls and women are particularly affected: because they are fundamental roots of society, they are targeted as victims of rape and other forms of sexualised violence.
Sexualised violence is used as a strategy of war to attack and destroy families and whole societies. This type of violence leaves physical and emotional trauma, which the affected people often have to cope with on their own.
They are stigmatised or excluded by their communities. Sexualised violence is a serious violation of human rights and perpetrators must be punished accordingly.
That is why, the United Nations Security Council, in June 2008, adopted Resolution 1820. It explicitly states that this form of violence can be considered a war crime.
With this resolution, the UN Security Council calls for the protection of girls and women, the prevention of sexualised violence…
... and an appropriate enforcement of the law. However, the enforcement of the resolution is unfortunately not guaranteed. Many member states lack the political will to implement the resolution and the Security Council has no appropriate sanctions. medica mondiale is a feminist women's rights and aid organisation…
... which, since 1993, has been fighting continuously to overcome these deficiencies. We show solidarity, work actively on behalf of women and demand political reforms. We are currently working in 14 countries in support of survivors of sexualised violence.
We provide training and raise awareness of the causes and consequences of these crimes. Target groups include professionals in the fields of health, justice and police.
We provide survivors with access to trauma sensitive support…
... and create livelihood opportunities through education and income generating activities. Our goal is to empower girls and women. They should be able to lead independent lives and actively participate in their societies. We promote local women's organisations…
... and support the struggle for law enforcement. Our vision is a world free of violence, where girls and women can live in dignity and justice.
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German Translation of the spoken text in the video

In 2014 Medica Zenica and medica mondiale conducted a study with 51 survivors of war rape and sexual violence from Bosnia and Herzegovina who had used Medica Zenica's services during and after the war. Within the qualitative methodology, seven participants were selected according to certain relevant criteria to take part in life story interviews; a special type of in-depth interview providing additional information about the long-term impacts of war rape and sexual violence, and a longitudinal perspective of coping processes. In this video, Zehra tells us her story.

Medica Zenica, Sabiha Husi?; Irma Šiljak (2016). We are still alive. 7 Life Stories. The story of Zehra. Actress: Selma Alispahic. Director: InfoBiro.

Here you can watch the video clip of the study and read the summary of the research.


medica mondiale (mm) began its work in Afghanistan in April 2002, and in December 2010, medica mondiale Afghanistan registered as the Afghan NGO Medica Afghanistan (MA) and now operates as a selfcontained national organization, run by Afghan women for Afghan women with continued support from mm in terms of capacity building, financial support, and project cooperation. MA is a non-profit, non-governmental Afghan women’s organization working towards the elimination of violence against women through the provision of legal aid, psychosocial support, capacity building and advocacy.


During the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) from 1992 to 1995, between 20,000 and 50,000 women and girls were raped. Many of them were subjected to sexualised violence in concentration camps for periods of months.

This led to outrage throughout the world, in particular with regard to the systematic mass rape of Muslim Bosnian women carried out as a method of warfare by Bosnian-Serbian and Bosnian-Croatian militia. In spite of the international attention, no process of coming to terms with these crimes found its way into the Dayton Peace Agreement.

As a consequence, the rights and interests of survivors of sexualised wartime violence1 have not received appropriate consideration within the peace process. With this situation in mind, the women’s rights organisations Medica Zenica and medica mondiale carried out a study on the long-term consequences of wartime rape in Bosnia-Herzegovina2. The research results provide insights into effective approaches for supporting affected women and girls.