20 April 2018

Women's rights heroine Ela Bhatt: „In the past, the women remained silent when we asked them for their name. Now they are proud to be a woman."

With the founding of the SEWA union, the Self-Employed Women's Association, Ela Bhatt finally gave one voice to the poorest of Indian society, until then, women without rights. She received the Right Livelihood Award for her commitment to a non-violent and prosperous society.

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15 March 2018

Women's rights heroine Godelieve Mukasarasi: “The hearts of these women were broken three times.”

Godelieve Mukasarasi lost her husband and their daughter. In spite of her tragic story, the 60-year-old is still motivated by her “vision of happy women”. Godelieve’s commitment is to the women and children who suffer from the consequences of the genocide in Rwanda. She knows each of their stories. And sometimes this helps her...

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08 March 2018

Medica Afghanistan: Conference against “virginity tests”

In Afghanistan, so-called “virginity tests” are still widespread. They continue to be carried out and ordered by police officers, judges and lawyers, even though the Afghan Penal Code has forbidden forced gynaecological examinations since 2017. These tests form part of the routine when investigating sexualised violence or the...

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16 February 2018

Strong feminism, activism and strategy: the new women on the medica mondiale Supervisory Board

Among the founder Monika Hauser’s wishes for medica mondiale were “quick decision-making processes and a strong controlling body”. So the women stepping into their roles as members of the newly established Supervisory Board definitely need the ability to be strict when needed as they monitor the organisation’s strategy and...

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02 February 2018

Sexualised violence in wartime: “Nobody was interested in speaking about it.”

Sexualised violence can be used strategically as a weapon of war. Why does this form of violence disrupt whole societies so effectively for generations? Is it unavoidable? What does it have to do with our way of living, gender roles and power? Why is there often no recognition for the victims of sexualised violence and their...

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19 January 2018

Kvinna till Kvinna – Woman to Woman

Right from the start there has been a close connection between the histories of the foundation Kvinna till Kvinna from Stockholm and medica mondiale from Cologne. Both organisations grew out of civil volunteer initiatives that started as a reaction to the mass rapes in Bosnia. Both organisations have been working ever since then...

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