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Evaluation of project in Afghanistan (2009-2013) shows: Empowerment of women and girls successful

Expert Laure Saporta about the evaluation in Afghanistan (2009-2013): "Knowledge trough the snowball effect"

In July 2009 Medica Afghanistan and the women’s organisation Women for Afghanistan started a project: Social Support and Legal Help for women either threatened by violence or imprisoned, and their children. In November 2012, Laure Saporta, an independent expert evaluated the project on behalf of medica mondiale. The results show that the situation for women and children has clearly improved. The Children Support Centre has proved to be an important institution, currently supporting approximately 160 children, four times more than originally planned.


The Afghan "Elimination of Violence Against Women Law" (EVAW Law), which was passed in 2009, is the first law in Afghanistan to criminalise violence against women. This law is a milestone in the fight for Afghan women's and girl's rights. However, since May 18th, 2013 there is reason for concern as the Afghan parliament might weaken or even completely remove the law. A study published by medica mondiale and Medica Afghanistan in June 2013 analyses specific legal cases and thereby illustrates reasons for the slow implementation of the law.


Evaluation: support of medica mondiale Liberia (2010-2011) is extensive and sustainable

medica mondiale has been actively involved in south east Liberia in a comprehensive program against sexualised violence and for rights of women and girls since 2006. The independent expert Tania Bernath evaluated the project at the end of 2011 for medica mondiale. Her analysis confirmed that the starting point and approach of medica mondiale is sustainable and effective in supporting women.


Evaluation: International Peacebuilding project (2009-2011) shows effects on political participation

In March 2006 medica mondiale started a 3 year project to encourage and support the political participation of women and girls in the peace process in Liberia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Afghanistan. Three years later, at the end of 2011, the independent expert Michaela Raab conducted a final evaluation of the project on behalf of medica mondiale. The results highlighted considerable differences in the three countries. In the Democratic Republic of Congo and in Afghanistan political participation was obviously strengthened. Success in Liberia was achieved in the first attempts to sensitise women to the possibilities and means of becoming active in and for women’s rights.


From January 2009 to January 2011 Medica Kosova, with funding from the European Commission and medica mondiale, conducted a project that aimed at strengthening the social and political role of women farmers in Kosovo, amongst others through the establishment of a women farmers’ organisation. The following evaluation gives an insight into the project and deals with the question, in how far the women have been strengthened socially and politically, what still need to be done and whether a women farmers’ organisation was actually established after all. The evaluation of the project took place between 8 October and 29 October 2010.


The evaluation presents an overview of the project, which was developed to improve living conditions for traumatised women and their families in Kosovo from 2006 to 2007.