04 July 2018

Sexualised wartime violence: “Trauma is a serious obstacle to peace-building.”

Starvation, bombardment, fleeing from danger, sexualised and other violence, fear and death: anyone who lives through a war will suffer both physical and physiological injuries. Does time then heal these wounds after the war ends? If it doesn’t, what should we do? “It is never too late to talk about sexualised wartime violence,...

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19 June 2018

Current asylum policies put refugee women at risk

Press Release: Cologne, 14 June 2018. “The planned law on a new policy to cover family reunification for people with ‘subsidiary protection’ will have a particular impact on women and girls,” says Monika Hauser, founder of medica mondiale, on the International Day for the Elimination of Sexualised Violence in Conflict (June 19)...

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24 May 2018

Women changing the world: Milestones of our political work

For 25 years, medica mondiale has been providing support around the world to survivors of sexualised violence. And right from the start, we have also been intervening politically. Only if the causes of sexualised violence are overcome and fair structures are created will women and girls be able to live in dignity and free of...

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24 May 2018

Bosnian partner organisation Vive Žene: Helping lives to continue

The split is deep. More than 20 years after the end of the war, society in Bosnia and Herzegovina is still divided. Prejudice, ethnic and religious polarisation, and discrimination still have a strong influence on the way people live with each other. The prolonged consequences of war also include a high rate of domestic...

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23 May 2018

Sarajevo: Children of War – Decades of Silence

To live in peace. That is surely everybody’s desire. So how can a society find peace in the wake of war? Is everything really over when the last bombs have been dropped and the last machine gun fired? There is a powerful desire to simply turn our backs on the violence which has been experienced or committed. However, a society...

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17 May 2018

All-in-one ‘Anchor’ Centres increase likelihood of violence against female refugees

Press Release: Cologne/Berlin, 17 May 2018. “Based on the ‘transit centres’ used in Bavaria, this type of mass accommodation sets the priority clearly on the side of isolation and deportation rather than protection and integration of refugees,” says Monika Hauser, founder of the women’s rights organisation medica mondiale, in a...

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