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On October 23 and 24, 2013, in the central Bosnian city of Zenica, a conference entitled “Working Towards Dignity – 20 years of fighting sexualised violence” was held to mark the 20th anniversary of medica mondiale and Medica Zenica. Participants from all over the world share their impressions from the conference in these video statements. They emphasise the significance of the long-term commitment from Medica Zenica and medica mondiale for survivors of sexualised violence.

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On October 23 and 24, 2013, in the central Bosnian city of Zenica, a conference entitled “Working Towards Dignity – 20 years of fighting sexualised violence” was held to mark the 20th anniversary of medica mondiale and Medica Zenica. Madeleine Rees (Secretary General of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, WILPF), Jasminka Džumhur (Ombudswoman at Bosnia’s Institution of Human Rights Ombudsman) and Belma Becirbašic (Journalist) sum up their impressions of the conference. They offer advice and recommendations for the work with survivors of sexualised wartime violence.

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With its Grant Program, medica mondiale makes available financial assistance of between 5,000 and 30,000 euros annually to selected partners, with accompanying expert support. In this way, local infrastructure and networks can be established, helping to ensure the availability of healthcare, counselling and direct assistance for women and girls. Here medica mondiale concentrates on cooperation with women's organisations in the Great Lakes region of Central Africa, including Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda.

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medica mondiale has been working in the structurally weak south-eastern part of Liberia since 2006 - in a joint project with Welthungerhilfe (German World Hunger Relief) to provide medical and psychosocial care and support for Liberian women. The aim is to improve their life situation and implement pre-emptive measures to prevent violence against women. These include training volunteer community counsellors and establishing local solidarity groups. 

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Bosnia-Herzegovina: In April 1993, together with Bosnian female psychologists and doctors, Monika Hauser opened the women's therapy centre Medica Zenica - the first centre of its kind. The centre provided targeted support to women and girls who had been systematically raped, tortured and imprisoned during the Yugoslavian wars. The staff in Bosnia-Herzegovina have been carrying out this work as an independent organisation since 2003. / Kosovo: Shortly after the end of the war, in 1999 medica mondiale opened an interdisciplinary women's centre in rural Gjakova. Today, the centre continues to provide comprehensive support for women raped during the war, with advice and programmes to help them secure their livelihood in agricultural self-help groups. Medica Kosova became an independent women's rights organisation in 2003.

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