Original title: "Djeluju?i ka dostojanstvu" - Dokumentarni film 10'
In 2013 medica mondiale and her partner organisation Medica Zenica celebrated their 20th anniversary. Medica Zenica took up its work when in 1993 Monika Hauser together with Bosnian collegues opened a project house for supporting women survivors of war and sexualised violence.
The documentation film „Working towards dignity“ gives an overview of the work and mission of Medica Zenica. Different areas of the work of Medica Zenica are introduced, such as the Safe House or the Children Drop Center. It is pointed out that several publications made it possible for the organisation to gain attention and support by public figures such as UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie.
Sabiha Husic, director of Medica Zenica, explains that from the beginning Medica Zenica supports not only women who survived sexualised violence in war but also survivors of domestic violence or violence in the community.
Comments by Medica Zenica staff, beneficiaries as well as politicians shape a clear picture of the organisations work and highlight its importance.
The services that "Medica" provides include not only psychological or medical assistance, but also occupational therapy, legal aid and economic empowerment through vocational training courses also in rural areas, which are highly valued by their beneficiaries.
„Medica Zenica is the only organisation that came to our areas, rural areas – villages where no one comes. And they provided us with education and enabled it to be recorded into our work cards. That is a huge point!“ explains one of the clients. Another woman shares: „Medica Zenica gave me a lot, from psychological up to economic empowerment. I can simply provide a better future to my children."
Along with direct work with survivors of war trauma and post-war violence, Medica Zenica implements a variety of educational, research, advocacy, and publishing projects.
Husejin Smalovic, mayor of Zenica, outlines: „Everything that others have missed, everything hat others were supposed to do – Medica (Zenica) did.”
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