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Over the past three months, Medica Afghanistan, through its usual series of activities, continued to provide a range of multi disciplinary services for women and girls such as psychosocial counselling, legal representation, social support, family mediation, literacy classes, referrals for health care, and other appropriate services according to the needs identified in Kabul, Herat and Balkh provinces. In addition, Medica Afghanistan advocated publicly and lobbied politically for women’s rights in order to bring long-term, sustainable change for women and girls. We also conducted training in the fields of psychosocial, health, legal aid and advocacy. Moreover, MA organized legal awareness-raising sessions for our legal aid and psychosocial services clients, and our literacy learners with the purpose of empowering them to deal with problems in the best possible manner and strengthening their self-esteem and self-confidence.


The Ebola epidemic in West Africa has become an international humanitarian crisis. The death toll is rising and the geographic coverage is widening. This is not just a medical emergency but also a crisis that could destabilize the entire region for years to come. In spite of the horrific situation facing the region, the international response has been disappointingly inadequate. The international community, specifically the European Union and member states, and the United States have a responsibility to do more to mobilize the expertise, logistics and financial resources that are needed to bring the crisis under control.
Liberia is doing what it can and its doctors and nurses have been on the frontline handling the crisis and risking their lives. But Liberia, which has just emerged from 14 years of civil war, does not have the infrastructure to handle the current Ebola crisis. The country should not be expected to deal with the worst outbreak of the world’s deadliest virus on its own. It is imperative that the international community acts now to prevent the situation from spiraling out of control.


In the past three months Medica Afghanistan-Women’s Support Organization continued to extend support for women and girls survivors of violence despite political and security uncertainty in the country due to presidential elections. At the Medica Afghanistan Kabul office and provincial offices and centres, our lawyers, social workers, counsellors and psychologists assisted clients desperately in need of their professional services. In addition, we were actively involved in advocacy and proactively participated in networks, task forces, working groups, media interviews, and lobbying meetings to raise the voice of women and to ask people in power to bring substantial changes to legislation, government structures and public attitudes towards women.
Medica Afghanistan staff also provided specialized awareness-raising sessions to our legal aid and psychosocial services clients and to students of the literacy classes with the aim of increasing the level of knowledge of women and their families about their legal rights according to Afghanistan law and gender issues in the family and society. Though the effects of these sessions will not be obvious immediately, they can have positive effects in the ways families think about the status of women.

Medica Afghanistan, as part of the women and civil society network and as part of the women’s movement in Afghanistan and around the world, strives to be continuously the voice of those women who do not have any


Women from the medica mondiale Liberia team scored in a lively, world-class soccer match: Every shot was on target! For women’s rights, against sexualised wartime violence, for justice, for women’s participation – everyone is a winner!

Caroline Bowah Brown, Country Director of medica mondiale Liberia: “I score a goal for equal opportunities for women in Liberia.”

Yah Parwon, documentation officer at medica mondiale Liberia: “I’m dribbling, dribbling and dribbling past the bad legal system. I’m dribbling, dribbling and dribbling past the poor laws that create inequality for women. And then I score my goal for an end to violence against women in Liberia.”

Evelyn Cassell, psychosocial counsellor at medica mondiale Liberia: “I score a goal for access to justice.”

Cecilia Kollie, finance officer at medica mondiale Liberia. “I score a goal for an end to violence against women in Liberia.”

Emily Frank, monitoring and evaluation officer at medica mondiale Liberia: “I score a goal for increased women’s participation.”

Alice Howard, Senior finance and administration manager at medica mondiale Liberia: “I score a goal for equal rights for women in Liberia.”


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 learnt about 20 years of implementing solidary, multidisciplinary support programmes."


On 10-13 June 2014, representatives from governments, multilateral organisations, NGOs and civil society will meet in London for the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. medica mondiale expressly welcomes this initiative from William Hague, UK Foreign Secretary, and Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, helping to create an irreversible movement eliminating conflict-related sexualised gender-based violence.
As an operational NGO with more than 20 years of experience in supporting women and girls affected by conflict-related sexualised gender-based violence and advocating for the rights of survivors, medica mondiale urges participants of the Global Summit to consider the following key recommendations.


This is the first volume of Medica Afghanistan’s newsletter, which offers a snapshot of Medica Afghanistan's programs and achievements during the first quarter of 2014. The newsletter will be further published on a quarterly basis. //
Since its establishment in 2002, Medica Afghanistan (MA) - Women Support Organization has continually been able to provide on-demand services to women and girls affected by war or other forms of gender-based violence through psychosocial, legal aid and mediation services.
Furthermore, Medica Afghanistan team members advocate for national and local policies to bring about positive changes in the legislative system and public attitudes to improve the social status of women and girls. Finally, Medica Afghanistan conducts training programs on health, education through literacy courses, and laws to raise awareness and develop the capacity of public officials and other institutions, all with the ultimate aim of ending violence against women.