By cooperating with several organisations in a region, we can create synergies and effectively pool limited resources. That way, medica mondiale can react quickly to political changes and work in a targeted manner to bring about long-term changes. Our project promotion includes both financial cooperation and an exchange of expertise, plus joint political involvement. With like-minded partner organisations we strive to set up long-term cooperation on a larger scale.
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(Overview partner organisations dated: June 2021)
Medica Afghanistan is a non-profit, politically independent, non-governmental women's organisation. It supports women and girl survivors of gender-based and sexualised violence through legal aid and psychosocial counselling. It also advocates for women’s rights in Afghanistan through targeted lobbying and awareness-raising work at the political and institutional level.
Our cooperation focuses on promoting and providing stress and trauma sensitive psychosocial counselling and legal aid services to women and girls affected by sexualised gender-based violence (SGBV). Furthermore, capacity building of health professionals, police and governmental institutions. In addition, we advocate to institutionalize the stress and trauma-sensitive approach (STA) into the Afghan health system. The cooperation is accompanied by measures to strengthen organisational structures within Medica Afghanistan.
The women's organisation EMMA (translated: "we") was founded in 2013 and maintains community centers in Erbil, Shekhan and Dohuk. Focus of their work is the empowerment and protection of women, the participation of women in politics, rehabilitation of IS survivors and the fight against female genital mutilation. EMMA offers direct counselling for women and girls, organizes educational events for a broader public and offers specific training for social workers.
The cooperation with EMMA includes prevention of sexualised gender-based violence (SGBV), as well as psycho-social and legal support of survivors. The strengthening and qualification of the organization serve to improve the protection and counselling of women.
HAUKARI (translated: “solidarity”) is an NGO with focus on Iraq and Kurdistan-Iraq. HAUKARI works for the protection of women in violent and crisis situations, for victims of political violence – especially survivors of so-called Anfal operations of 1988, a large-scale military operation against the Kurdish population in northern Iraq – and for a dialogue between the various ethnic, religious and political factions in Iraq.
HAUKARI is a consortium partner in a project in cooperation with the German Federal Ministry for Political Cooperation (BMZ). The aim is to improve the protection and counselling of women in refugee groups and host communities in the project regions of Dohuk and Sulaymaniyah/Germian area who are affected by gender-based violence. The focus is on qualification, strengthening and networking of local governmental and non-governmental resources and structures.
The Autonomeous Women’s Center was founded in 1993. AWC supports women in coping with trauma, caused by domestic or sexualised violence, by providing psychosocial and legal support. AWC raises awareness among staff of legal, health, social and educational institutions about violence against women, women's rights and human rights.
Regional and national advocacy work to implement survivors' rights to reparation, truth and justice. Educational work on the topic of sexualised war violence. Monitoring of relevant international conventions.
Budućnost focuses on consolidation of democracy and strengthening of civil society, rights of marginalized groups (women and children).
Economic empowerment of vulnerable and marginalised women and girls affected by sexualised gender-based violence (SGBV) through income generating activities and further education in entrepreneurship and agricultural production. Increasing access to justice through advocacy and media presence.
The Center of Women’s Rights (CWR) was founded in 1996 by a women’s group, mostly lawyers, in response to the continuing incapacitation of women after the war. The aim is to support refugees and internally displaced women in coping with different problems. Survivors of sexualised gender-based violence (SGBV) and women affected by war receive free legal advice and legal aid.
The focus of the cooperation is to offer free legal advice in small towns and rural areas in Bosnia and Herzegovina for women affected by sexualised violence, as well as sensitization trainings for social workers.
The Humanitarian Law Center (HLC) was established in 1992. The HLC played a pioneering role in documenting war related sexualised violence. It represents survivors in war crime trials before the Serbian courts, submits critical complaints to the Office of the War Crimes Prosecutor (OWCP) and raises public awareness.
In 2021 a conference and a public debate will be organized. Representatives of governmental and non-governmental organisations will exchange views about effective interdisciplinary approaches to support survivors of sexualised wartime violence.
The Kosova Rehabilitation Center for Torture Victims (KRCT) was founded in 1999. A priority of KRCT’s work is advocacy- and human rights activities for former torture victims. Furthermore, KRCT supports survivors in terms of legal aid and rehabilitation measures.
Regional and countrywide advocacy and educational work to implement the rights of survivors of sexualised war violence to reparation, truth and justice. Training of lawyers in dealing with survivors in a trauma-sensitive way. Accompanying survivors in applying for compensation mechanisms.
The Community Development Center LINK was registered as an NGO (Non Governmental Organisation) in 2018, and has over 13 years of experience as an activist group working for peace and against sexualised violence. The aim is to contribute to a harmonious and productive society in which the principles of equality, solidarity and tolerance are lived. LINK is part of the Youth United Peace Network, which has been working for peace in Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina for over 20 years.
Currently no ongoing project.
Medica Gjakova focuses on women rights, access to justice, increasing mental and physical health of women and survivors of (war) violence and on economic empowerment.
Direct holistic support for survivors of war related sexualised violence and their families. Regional and national advocacy work to implement survivors' rights to reparation, truth and justice. Support survivors in applying for the war victim's pension for survivors of sexualised war violence, institutionalisation of stress and trauma sensitivity in social and health care.
Regional and national advocacy work to implement survivors' rights to reparation, truth and justice. Educational work on war related sexualised violence, improving access to stress- and trauma-sensitive health services and legal support for survivors of sexualised violence.
The association Roma Novi Bečej supports Roma and other minority women with an SOS helpline in minority languages. Furthermore it offers psycho-social and legal support in cases of domestic violence, institutional discrimination and racist attacks. Accompanied with advocacy and educational work.
Focus of the collaboration is the support of Roma girls affected by sexualised gender based violence (SGBV) and forced early marriage through psycho-social and legal support, awareness raising in communities and advocacy work. Besides this Roma Novi Bečej conducts a research about legislative gaps in the protection of Roma girls.
The Center for Women War Victims – ROSA contributes to women empowerment through psycho-social support, counselling, educational work and public awareness raising campaigns.
Support of female survivors of (sexualised) gender-based violence ((S)GBV) through legal and psycho-social counselling, legal representation in national and international courts and support to receive compensations
SEKA focuses on peace building, a women centre for therapy, education and recreation.
Currently no ongoing project.
Snaga Zene's aim is to provide a better life for marginalized women and their families. Support is given in particular to women who were affected by sexualised wartime violence. The organisation follows a holistic approach, which includes a combination of therapy, economic empowerment measures as well as medical, legal and psychosocial support.
Currently no ongoing project.
TRIAL International is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) based in Switzerland. In Sarajevo, TRIAL focuses primarily on providing free legal advice and legal representation for survivors of sexualised violence and works against impunity of perpetrators. In addition, TRIAL offers capacity building for lawyers in order to raise awareness of SGBV issues, counteract stigmatisation of survivors and educate survivors about their rights.
Currently no ongoing project.
The citizen association Vive Žene supports the rehabilitation of women survivors of torture and violence during the war and advocates for education and prevention of sexualised violence.
Regional and national advocacy work to implement survivors' rights to reparation, truth and justice. Direct holistic support for women and girls affected by sexualised violence. Inter-ethnic dialogues between women from different ethnic backgrounds. Educational work on the topic of sexualised war violence. Improvement of inter-institutional witness protection networks.
Women in Black (WiB) is an international women's network that strives for peace and actively opposes injustice, war, militarism and other forms of violence. Women in Black Serbia was founded in 1991 and organises non-violent protests, demonstrations and commemorative events in Serbia on the topic of dealing with the past.
Regional and national advocacy work to implement survivors' rights to reparation, truth and justice. Monitoring of court cases on sexualised war violence. Implementation of the Women's Court, a feminist alternative form of justice.
The Youth Initiative for Human Rights (YIHR) is a local network founded in 2003 with programmes in Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo. YIHR Serbia focuses on educating young people from the region about the legacy of war and concepts of dealing with the past. Journalists and human rights activists are involved in the work.
Regional and national advocacy work to implement the rights of survivors to reparation, truth and justice. Educational work for young people on the topic of sexualised war violence.
Zaboravljena djeca rata (ZDR)/ Forgotten Children of War was founded in 2015, 20 years after the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The main goal of the organization is to create visibility for children who have been born from rape during the war and to reduce the ongoing stigmatisation of these children.
The objective of the current project is to contribute to improving the legal status and social recognition of children born out of war, through studies, recommendations for changes in law and networking.
AdvocAid, a women-led organisation, works with girls and women who are disadvantaged by Sierra Leone’s legal system. The target groups include particularly vulnerable and marginalised women such as commercial sex workers, survivors of sexualised violence and juveniles. AdvocAid is the only organisation in West Africa providing holistic access to justice via free legal advice and representation, legal rights education, social welfare support to detainees and a rehabilitation programme. The aim is to empower female detainees and give them better chances and prospects after their release.
The aim is to improve rehabilitation services to women and girl ex-detainees in Sierra Leone, by responding to their immediate needs and developing safety networks in communities.
Aiding Disadvantaged and Traumatized Women and Girls (ADWANGA) was founded to contribute to the rebuilding process of Liberia after the civil war. The latter was shaped by severe forms of sexualized violence against women and girls. ADWANGA seeks to promote the empowerment of women and girls and provides services in the areas of prevention of sexualized violence and support of survivors. The organization offers education for adolescent girls, economic empowerment and livelihood support through trainings.
The goal of the cooperation is to respond to needs of survivors of sexualised and gender-based violence by providing access to public services. Furthermore, ADWANGA raises awareness of community stakeholders and service providers on laws and consequences of sexualised gender based violence (SGBV).
Centre Féminin pour la Démocratie et les Droits Humains en Côte d’Ivoire (CEFCI) fights against gender inequality and discrimination based on sexual orientation and promotes women's rights, the education of women and girls and feminist leadership. CEFCI relies mainly on advocacy and lobbying, awareness-raising, press and public relations work, local presence, especially in the fight against poverty, as well as training and skills acquisition and the promotion of young women in leadership positions. In addition, CEFCI is represented in national, regional and international councils to advocate human rights.
The aim of the cooperation is to strengthen and expand established protection networks to prevent and combat violence against women and to raise awareness of SGBV among the population. An additional goal is to sustainably empower survivors of sexualised violence through income-generating measures.
Choices and Voices Foundation for Women and Girls (CVF) was established in response to the rise in women's rights violations and sexualised violence in Sierra Leone. CVF's mission is to provide educational opportunities for women and girls, especially pregnant girls and teenage mothers who are excluded from school and have low financial resources. The aim is to enable them to live a life of confidence and security.
The aim of the cooperation is to create safe spaces for women and girls within their communities where they can get answers to questions about sexual and reproductive health. Another goal is the improvement of existing mechanisms for the protection of women and girls. This can be achieved through cooperation with and sensitisation of community members, traditional leaders, authorities, and service providers from the health sector.
The Forum Against Harmful Practices (FAHP) is a national coalition of 14 registered civil society organizations in Sierra Leone. They are working towards the eradication of Harmful Practices (HP) such as child marriage and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), which are widespread in Sierra Leone.
The goal of the cooperation is to raise awareness on consequences of Harmful Practices and improve the participation of school teachers and adolescents on the issues of ending FGM.
The Girl2Girl Empowerment Movement (G2G) works with girls and young women at risk. The organisation offers safe spaces where they can access information and necessary support and build basic life skills to become agents of change for girls' rights.
The aim of the cooperation is to enable both communities and adolescent girls and boys to recognise sexualised gender-based violence (SGBV) as a problem and to prevent it. G2G facilitates dialogue with community representatives, parents, and young people to discuss sexualised violence and its harmful effects, and to develop measures to reduce incidents. The organisation has empowering girls' networks to promote their learning and empower girls to stand up for their rights.
The Liberian Feminist Forum was established in 2014 with funding from the African Women Development Fund (AWDF) and Kvinna til Kvinna (KtK). The fundamental purpose of the forum was to address the lack of critical feminist positioning on human rights issues. Furthermore, the LFF was organized to create a safe space for Liberian women. Promoting a grounded feminism perspective, the LFF challenges patriarchal structures which threaten the rights of women and LGBTI people. On the overall, the LFF seeks to advocate for the transformation of all social relations of power that exploit, oppress and marginalize. Within this context, the LFF serves as an advocacy, knowledge production and movement building platform, with the opportunity to grow and become more effective in negotiating women’s rights and space in Liberia.
Currently no ongoing project.
Until 2015, medica mondiale Liberia was a country program of medica mondiale. Since 2015, Medica Liberia has been an independent Liberian non-governmental organisation, committed to working towards women’s rights and to prevent violence against women.
The main fields of work are: trauma-sensitive and gender-specific approaches to psycho-social work, healthcare and legal advice for survivors of sexualised and gender-based violence, training for state service providers, and advocacy and public awareness work. The particular strengths of Medica Liberia are its community-oriented approaches and setting up local protection networks to combat violence against women. medica mondiale and Medica Liberia closely cooperate to implement various projects in support of survivors of sexualized violence in Liberia.
The Rising Youth Mentorship Initiative (RYMI) aims to empower adolescents and young women to live a healthy and empowered life. The organisation works to increase young women’s and girl’s access to information on Sexual Reproductive Health Rights, to educational opportunities and the acquisition of livelihood and life skills.
Given the prevalence of sexualized violence against girls in Liberia, RYMI has established so called Girls’ Clubs. In these Clubs that are often based at schools girls are educated about their rights, about reproductive health, SGBV and find a safe space to share experiences. In addition, school administration, parents and community leaders are also involved in the fight against sexualised violence and reporting mechanisms for cases of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) are put into place.
The West Africa Network for Peacebuilding - Côte d'Ivoire (WANEP-CI) is part of the regional West African peacebuilding organization WANEP. In one of its five programs (WIPNET – Women in Peacebuilding Network), the network is committed to protecting women, promoting their rights and strengthening their capacity to take an active role in conflict prevention and in leading their communities.
The cooperation with medica mondiale has contributed to the rehabilitation of two "Case de la Paix" (Peace Huts), where survivors of sexualised violence find help. This is to ensure the continuation of referrals of survivors of sexualised violence to health facilities and legal assistance as well as basic counselling services.
The organisation Women Against Violence and Exploitation in Society (WAVES) aims to protect and promote the rights of women and girls. WAVES works with rural communities to reduce poverty and injustice through advocacy work. In addition, the organisation promotes access to justice for poor marginalised women and girls and facilitates their empowerment.
The goal of the cooperation is to create a supportive and safe environment in the target communities to improve the living conditions of adolescent girls. This is achieved by community sensitisation on SGBV, training on peace building, the formation and training of women-led support groups and school-based human rights clubs. Special focus is on sexual and reproductive rights and ending female genital mutilation (FGM).
Women Aid Incorporated provides direct support and protection to women and girls who have experienced sexual violence. They also support women at risk to become economically independent and strengthen their right to development, education, and a healthy life.
The lack of well-equipped and safe shelters and recovery services for SGBV survivors in Liberia has resulted in survivors returning to their communities of origin without any chance of receiving adequate support. This can lead to retraumatisation and puts them at high risk of further violence and reprisals. Women Aid Incorporated responds to this by providing comprehensive recovery and shelter services for SGBV survivors. medica mondiale supports Women Aid’s work at their “OSIWA village save home”, the largest shelter in Montserrado County for at risk survivors of sexualised and gender-based violence.
The Association des Femmes pour la Promotion et le Développement Endogène (AFPDE) aims to improve the living conditions of disadvantaged people, especially women, girls and children, survivors of war and armed conflicts. The main objectives are to end sexual violence against women, girls and children; to increase women's political participation; to give women equal access to and control over economic resources; and to provide emergency assistance where necessary.
In the current project, AFPDE provides medical, psychosocial, socio-economic and legal support to survivors of sexualised gender-based violence in North Kivu, Walungu region (Kamanyola and Kaniola).
Dushirehamwe is an association of over 400 women and girls from all over Burundi. As a national network with a strong community base and representation in over 100 communities, it supports women and girls directly on the ground and raises awareness about sexual and gender-based violence. Dushirehamwe Association has a vision of a sustainable, peaceful Burundi, a reconciled nation and a state governed by the rule of law, where men and women can fully develop and participate equally in society.
The aim is to prevent gender-based sexual violence and provide holistic care for survivors in Kayanza province.
Ensemble pour la Promotion de la Femme et Famille (EPF) promotes women's and children's rights and the improvement of social, health and economic conditions in the living environment of women and children. EPF is a member of the network Directorate of Women's Organisations for Peace Action (DIOFAP) in DR Congo.
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The focus of the cooperation with medica mondiale are the medical, psychosocial, socioeconomic, legal support of survivors of sexualised gender based violence (SGBV) as well as awareness raising activities in the communities. Women and girls in South Kivu, Fizi region, are to be strengthened in their self-help capacities.
The women's rights organisation Haki Amani Na Maendeleo Ya Akina Mama (HAM) promotes and protects the rights of women and girls and engages in combating violence against women and girls. HAM is a member of the Directorate of Women's Organisations for Peace Action (DIOFAP).
In the current project, HAM provides legal and psychosocial support for survivors of sexualised and gender-based violence in South Kivu, Fizi region.
La Floraison focuses on gender, women and children's rights, peacebuilding and good governance.
The cooperation with medica mondiale includes psychosocial and socio-economic support for survivors of sexualised gender-based violence as well as raising awareness among authorities and communities on sexualised gender-based violence. The current project aims at improved care and protection for survivors in South Kivu, Nemba, Katenga, Rubana and Baraka areas.
MEMPROW aims to empower, promote and give a voice to girls and young women so that they can take control of their lives and actively participate in decision-making processes. MEMPROW supports young women through intergenerational mentoring and peer learning, advocacy networks and skills training to give them access to their rights and enable social survival in a violence-free environment. MEMPROW is concerned with changing the underlying structural causes of gender inequality not only at the local, national but also at the international level.
The current project is dedicated to the empowerment and psychosocial support of underage mothers, girls affected by violence, in addition, MEMPROW conducts awareness campaigns on sexualised gender-based violence in schools and communities. The project is implemented in the West Nile region.
The women's rights organisation Mukenyezi Menya works in the areas of economic empowerment of women, medical and psychosocial support for survivors and HIV/AIDS prevention.
The objective is to improve access to integrated stress- and trauma-sensitive care for survivors of gender-based violence and strengthen the referral system in the intervention area. The current project focuses on the provinces of Cibitoke, Mabayi area and Ndora.
Nturengaho is a civil society organisation founded by mothers in 1999 with the mission to promote and support the rights of women and girls as well as children born of war. The aim is to prevent sexual and gender-based violence against girls and women.
The goal is to contribute to the prevention of gender-based violence and to the integrated and trauma-sensitive support of survivors in Ngozi Province.
The women's rights organisation Promotion et appui aux initiatives féminines (PAIF) focuses on the promotion and protection of women's rights, the support for women and women initiatives in asserting their social, political and economic fundamental rights, the support for survivors of sexualised gender-based violence (SGBV) and the documentation of violent crimes against women and girls.
The cooperation with medica mondiale includes prevention of sexualised gender-based violence in school environment and at community levels, psychosocial, medical, socio-economic and legal support and accompaniment for survivors of sexualised, gender-based violence and the strengthening of community-based structures (for example youth clubs).
Réseau Associatif pour la Psychologie Intégrale (RAPI) focuses on community sensitisation on sexualised gender-based violence and psychosocial, medical, socio-economic and legal support for survivors of sexualised gender-based violence. In addition, Rapi is committed to raising awareness among young people on reproductive health and reintegrating survivors into their communities.
The focus is on medical, psychosocial and socio-economic support for survivors of sexualised gender-based violence, educational reintegration and community sensitisation. The current project aims to strengthen the self-help skills of survivors of sexualised gender-based violence.
Réseau des Femmes pour les Droits et la Paix (RFDP) is is committed to the protection and promotion of women's and girls' rights and socio-economic empowerment of women and sensitises communities on prevention of sexualised gender-based violence and conflict transformation.
The cooperation with medica mondiale includes medical, psychosocial support for survivors as well as community sensitisation on women's rights and sexualised gender-based violence. RFDP also supports survivors in their social reintegration.
Solidarité pour l'Epanouissement des Veuves et Orphelins visant le Travail et l'Auto promotion (SEVOTA) engages in the promotion of women's and children's rights, as well as the psychosocial support for the survivors of sexualized violence and their children born of rape.
The aim of the current project with medica mondiale is the social integration of survivors of sexualised violence and their children in their communities through psychosocial and socio-economic support as well as awareness-raising work. Local psychosocial capacities are strengthened as a sustainable contribution to peace and security in Rwanda.