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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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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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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