May 29 2019

Sexualized war violence: new resolution diminishes survivors’ rights

A "milestone" was how the German Minister of Foreign Affairs, Heiko Maas, described the new UN Resolution 2467, through which women and girls should be more effectively protected against sexualized violence during armed conflicts. The German government had made this issue a focal point of its work as a non-permanent member of...

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May 16 2019

Northern Iraq: Mothers and their children conceived during rape by IS fighters

"Some women just took their children and disappeared, to prevent them being taken away by the authorities," reports Monika Hauser after her trip to northern Iraq. On the occasion of a two-day peace conference in Erbil in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, which was co-funded by medica mondiale, she joined several colleagues from...

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May 16 2019

Working with refugee women: Taking care to reduce the burdens

Women who have fled violence and war are often severely traumatised. However, instead of finding protection, they suffer uncertain rights to stay and often experience new violence. With funding from Aktion Mensch, medica mondiale has launched a project throughout Germany to raise awareness of the special challenges of refugee...

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May 16 2019

Northern Iraq: Interview with the founders of the women's rights organisation EMMA

In 2013 Dr. Bayan Kader Rasul and Bahar Ali decided to set up the women's rights organisation EMMA (“we”). Since then it has grown to have 32 staff members and reach thousands of women in northern Iraq with its work. The priorities for EMMA are empowerment and the protection of women, participation of women in politics,...

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May 16 2019

Uganda: Traditional ideas of gender are questioned

An invitation from the women’s rights organisation MEMPROW in northern Uganda is an invitation to re-think long-held beliefs – even for respected community authority figures. The local chiefs often have very traditional ideas of gender: many think that the needs of men have priority over women and girls. MEMPROW asks them to...

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May 03 2019

Resolution against sexualised wartime violence: Not a milestone, just a weak compromise

Press release: Cologne, 3 May 2019. A “milestone” was the term used by the German Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas to describe the new UN resolution 2467 intended to more effectively protect women and girls from sexualised wartime violence. medica mondiale criticises lack of reproductive and sexual rights. The German...

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