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Reduction of Violence against Women and Girls, and Enhanced Quality of Public Services for Survivors of Violence

The project’s main objective is to contribute to the reduction of violence against women and girls by means of improved offers for survivors and preventive measures in Montserrado and Margibi County, Liberia. Implemented by medica Liberia, a Liberia-based non-governmental and non-profit organisation, the project pursues a multi-sectoral, holistic approach: establish and strengthen local protection networks; provide medical, legal and psychosocial quality counselling and treatment for survivors of violence; improve public services through training and raising awareness on gender issues and sexual gender based violence (SGBV). The main target groups are 48 local protection networks consisting of women’s support groups, core committees, watch teams and girls clubs that play an important role for the prevention of violence against women in their communities.

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News about the evaluation report "Returning to life – together"
Improvement of social integration of survivors and their children born from sexual and gender-based violence during the genocide in Rwanda
The overall objective of the project is to contribute to the local social reconciliation process in Rwanda which responds to long-term psychosocial consequences resulting from crimes against humanity during the 1994 Genocide, notably conflict-related sexualised violence (CRSV) associated with political conflict.
The project promotes a psychosocial approach centred on families living with children born of rape. With activities such as solidarity and self-help groups, psychosocial support, socio-economic follow up and/or sensitisation the local non-governmental organisation SEVOTA has improved psychosocial well-being of mothers and their children, helped them out of isolation and actively participate in social processes.

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News about the evaluation report "Decidedly side by side with women"
Awareness, Access, Advice, Advocacy, Assertion. Legal and social protection and empowerment of Afghan women and girls in Kabul and Mazar-e-Sharif.
The overall objective of the project is to contribute to improved legal and social protection of Afghan women and girls survivors of (Sexual) Gender Based Violence ((S)GBV) in Kabul and Mazar-e-Sharif. The direct beneficiaries include women and girls affected by (S)GBV, in conflict with the law and/or affected by family violence, as well as their children and families. During the course of the project, Medica Afghanistan supported more than five thousand women with their services including legal advice, legal awareness sessions, civil or criminal representation, support in EVAW 1 cases and/or mediation.

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medica mondiale, having built trustful partnerships with women’s organisations in the Great Lakes Region since 2004, contributed to their professionalisation and the quality of their services by providing technical and financial support. The purely financial support by medica mondiale’s Small Grants Program proved to be successful to get to know a variety of local women’s organisations. However, in particular in South Kivu, the lack of appropriate qualification of many of these small organisations remained a serious challenge. As a response, medica mondiale developed the South Kivu Support Programme which consists of 5 main elements: Organisational capacity development; Qualification in trauma-sensitive psychosocial work; Knowledge exchange and networking amongst the organisations; Joint advocacy; and Financial support by the provision of funds for the implementation of micro-projects.

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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.

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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.

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News about the evaluation report: "The work of Medica Afghanistan has an impact"
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.

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Evaluation (2013-2016) proofs: Medica Gjakova in Kosovo provides full Support for survivors of sexualized violence

In Autumn 2015, medica mondiale commissioned two assessors, Petra Scheuer-mann and Erinda Bllaca, to visit the women’s rights organisation Medica Gjakova and evaluate the project which had been funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and medica mondiale. Women are provided with psy-chological and medical assistance, as well as support to claim their right to com-pensation and help to secure their own livelihood.

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