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: July 2020)
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 robust legal representation and defense, psychosocial counselling, as well as advocacy and capacity building on institutional and political level to enhance Afghan women’s rights.
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), capacity building of health professionals, police and governmental institutions, advocacy to institutionalize the stress and trauma-sensitive approach (STA) into the Afghan health system, advocacy work for women’s rights and organisational development within Medica Afghanistan.
The women's organisation EMMA– Organisation for Human Development 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 is a NGO with focus on Iraq and Kurdistan-Iraq working for the protection of women in violent and crisis situations, for victims of political violence, especially survivors of the Anfal genocide, and for a dialogue between the various ethnic, religious and political factions in Iraq.
HAUKARI is a consortium partner of medica mondiale in a joint project in the Kurdish Region of Northern Iraq in Dohuk and Sulaymaniyah with the aim to strengthen local protection and counseling for women and girls affected by gender based violence in IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) refugee shelters and host communities.
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.
The Humanitarian Law Center (HLC) was established in 1992, at the outset of the wars in former Yugoslavia. The HLC played a pioneering role in documenting sexualised violence during these wars. Since the start of domestic prosecution of war crimes in Serbia, the HLC has maintained its engagement toward survivors of sexualised wartime violence. It represents survivors in war crime trials before the Serbian courts, submits critical complaints of war crimes with elements of sexualised violence to the Office of the War Crimes Prosecutor (OWCP) of the Republic of Serbia and raises public awareness.
A conference and a public debate will be organized as part of the project. Representatives of governmental and non-governmental organisations will exchange views about effective interdisciplinary approaches to support survivors of sexualised wartime violence, such as criminal prosecution, compensation, recognition of the experienced violence or psychosocial counselling.
Kosova Rehabilitation Center for Torture Victims (KRCT) Kosova Rehabilitation Center for Torture Victims (KRCT) was founded in 1999 as a result of the war. 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 lobby work and provides treatment and rehabilitation measures for former torture victims.
Implementation of a nationwide information and awareness-raising campaign for the integration of survivors of war related sexualised violence into society and the realisation of their right to reparation. Accompany survivors during the application process for reparation payments.
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.
Focus of the current project is to sensitize young people about the topic of war-related sexualised violence. This is implemented through the encounter of Bosnian and Serbian youths at joint weekend exchanges, seminars and through the online campaign "May it Happen to No Woman Ever Again".
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 services, Increasing access to reparations, advocacy, awareness raising, economic empowerment. Institutionalisation of stress- and trauma-sensitive health care services for women and girls affected by sexualised gender-specific violence in the health system.
Enhancing access to stress- and trauma-sensitive health-care services for women and girls affected by sexualised gender based violence (SGBV) through advocacy activities and training of health professionals.
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.
Psychosocial trauma therapy for survivors of war related gender based Violence, training and further education for employees of institutions, educational and sensitisation work as well as advocacy work in the field of prevention of domestic violence.
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, employment creating measures as well as medical, legal and psychosocial support.
The focus of the current cooperation is the implementation of the photo exhibition "We Live" at various locations in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia. The photo exhibition shows stories and portraits of survivors of war related sexualised violence and is accompanied by public panel discussions.
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.
The focus of the cooperation is the further training and sensitisation of judges, public prosecutors and lawyers for a trauma-sensitive interaction with survivors of sexualised violence in court proceedings.
Vive Žene supports the rehabilitation of women survivors of torture and violence during the war and advocates for education and prevention of sexualised violence.
Direct services (psychosocial treatment, legal support, medical care) for families as well as women and girls survivors of gender based violence and torture. Furthermore prevention of transgenerational trauma through workshops and interethnic dialogues between women and students of different ethnic background.
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 stigmatization 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 in 2005 to contribute to the rebuilding process of Liberia after 14 years of civil war. The latter was shaped by severe violations of human rights, especially forms of 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 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 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 is to extend the protection networks and referral systems for survivors of sexualised violence in the community of Niakara, which were established through the cooperation in 2019, to six other communities. The protection networks serve to promote the prevention and response of SGBV. Another goal of the project is to raise awareness of violence against women and girls and to strengthen the capacity of local actors to deal with gender-based violence. In addition, the project aims to promote the support of survivors of gender-based violence by improving access to support services.
Choices and Voices Foundation for Women and Girls (CVF) was set up in response to the rising tide of women’s rights abuses and sexual violence in Sierra Leone.CVF’s mission is to facilitate and expand the range of choices that ultimately safeguard the lives of young women and girls in Sierra Leone, especially pregnant girls and teen mums who are excluded from school and have few viable financial prospects. The goal is to enabling them to thrive with confidence and live in security.
Goal of the cooperation is to establish safe community spaces for girls where matters affecting women’s sexual and reproductive health can be discussed. Activities include the establishment of peer support groups and the facilitation of a coalition of 12 Women Pioneers exercising an influencing role on communities, traditional authorities and law enforcement agencies. Furthermore awareness sessions with health care service providers for greater understanding of support of survivors and facilitation of service providers’ outreach to target areas.
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 current project is to raise awareness on consequences of Harmful Practices and improve the participation of school teachers and adolescents on the issues of ending FGM.
Girl2Girl Empowerment Movement's (G2G) mission is to provide a safe space for girls and young women living in slum areas to develop leadership and life skills and to provide access to information and support to become agents of change.
The goal of the cooperation is to empower communities as well as adolescent girls and boys in acting to prevent and minimize sexualized gender-based violence (SGBV). Activities include raising awareness to the fact that SGBV is a violation of human rights and a public-health concern. G2G facilitates dialogues with community stakeholders and duty bearers, parents, youth and women’s leaders to discuss SGBV, its harmful effect and to come up with actions to minimize incidences. Additionally it offers trainings for adolescent girls from the G2G network to speak out against SGBV and harmful traditional practices such as female genital mutilation (FGM).
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.
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) was founded in 2013 with the aim of grooming emerging female leaders. RYMI’s mission is to create opportunities for adolescents and young women to live a healthy and self-determined life. The organisation works to increase 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 in schools in Liberia, RYMI has established so called Girls’ Clubs. In these Clubs that are often based at a school girls are educated about SGBV and find a safe space to share experiences. In addition, school administration and community leaders are also involved in the fight against sexualised violence and reporting mechanisms for cases 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.
After the renovation of the "Case de la Paix" ("peace hut") in the community of Abobo in the Abidjan district last year, which is a contact point for survivors of sexualised and gender-based violence, now the "Case de la paix" in the community of Yopougon is being rebuilt in a further funding cycle. This aims to ensure the continuation of referrals of survivors of sexualised violence to health care facilities and legal aid as well as basic counselling services. The peace huts in Abobo and Yopougon are two of five counselling centres for survivors of gender-based violence set up by WANEP in the region.
Women Against Violence and Exploitation in Society (WAVES) was founded in 2005 with the mandate to protect and promote the rights of women and girls. The organization’s mission is to work 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 goals to create a supportive and safe environment in the target localities 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 FGM.
Women Aid Incorporated was founded in 1995 with the aim of supporting disadvantaged women and children affected by the Liberian civil war. Women and girls who have experienced sexualised violence receive protection and support. Furthermore, initiatives that promote the economic independence of women and girls and increase their opportunities to education are supported.
The lack of well-equipped and safe shelters and recovery services for SGBV survivors in Liberia has resulted in survivors returning back 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.
AFPDE encourages women's autonomous efforts to protect and promote their human rights and to improve their social, health, economic and political situation.
In the current project AFPDE provides medical, psycho-social, socio-economic and legal support to survivors of sexualised gender-based violence (SGBV) in the Walungu area (Kamanyola and Kaniola).
Dushirehamwe is an association of more than 400 women and girls from all over Burundi. As a network, with strong community bases and represented in more than 100 municipalities it educates about sexualised violence and supports women and girls at the grassroots level. The vision of the Dushirehamwe Association is a Burundi where there is lasting peace, characterized by a reconciled people and a state governed by the rule of law where men and women can fully develop and participate equitably in national life.
The goal is the prevention of gender-based sexual violence and holistic support for survivors in Kayanza province.
EPF's mission is the promotion of women's and children's rights, poverty alleviation and the promotion of social, health and economic conditions in the living environment of women and children. EPF is a member of the Directorate of Women's Organisations for Peace Action (DIOFAP).
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 the Fizi area are to be strengthened in their self-help capacities.
The women's rights organisation 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 offers legal and psychosocial support for survivors of sexualised gender based violence (SGBV) in the coastal region of Lake Tanganyika in Fizi, South Kivu.
La Floraison focuses on gender, women and children's rights, peacebuilding and good governance.
The collaboration with medica mondiale includes psychosocial, socioeconomic support of survivors of sexualised gender based violence (SGBV) and the sensitization of authorities and communities. The current project aims to improve the support and protection of SGBV survivors in the areas of Nemba, Katenga, Rubana and the Baraka area.
With the help of the MEMPROW approach, the organisation wants to change the way girls think about themselves through a positive self-evaluation by means of life skill trainings and mentoring. In addition, the organisation aims at transforming the communities, such as schools into supportive violence free environments and at empowering girls and young women with regard to reproductive health.
The current project aims at strengthening and providing psycho-social support for child mothers, girls affected by violence and girls with disabilities as well as raising awareness awareness raising in schools and communities concerning sexualised gender based violence (SGBV). The project location is Parombo Town Council in the Nebbi District 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 areas of Cibitoke, Mabayi 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 rape. 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 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 SGBV prevention, psychosocial, medical, socio-economic and legal support for SGBV survivors and the strengthening of community-based structures (for example youth clubs).
The focus of RAPI's work is on community sensitization to sexualised gender based violence (SGBV), psychosocial, medical, socioeconomic and legal support for SGBV survivors. RAPI is also commited to raising young people's awareness of reproductive health and re-integrating survivors in their communities.
Focus of the cooperation with medica mondiale are the medical, psychosocial and socioeconomic support of SGBV survivors, educational reintegration of dropouts and community awareness raising activities. The current project aims to strengthen the self-help abilities of women and girls who are survivors of SGBV.
RFDP is an NGO with focus on the protection and promotion of women's and girls' rights, the socioeconomic empowerment of women and sensitizes communities with regard to prevention of sexualised gender based violence (SGBV) and conflict transformation.
The current collaboration with medica mondiale includes medical, psychosocial support for survivors as well as community sensitization on women's rights and SGBV. RFDP also supports survivors in their social reintegration.
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 current project with medica mondiale aims at the social integration of survivors of sexualized violence and children born of rape through psycho-social and socio-economic support and community-based educational work. It also focuses on strengthening local psycho-social capacities to help promote peace in the Great Lakes region.