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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13 October 2017

Asylum policy towards Afghanistan needs rethinking

The ongoing violence in Afghanistan leads medica mondiale to call on the German government to rethink its asylum policy. “The government has to immediately reconsider the current policy. People from Afghanistan need to be offered opportunities here in Germany instead of being forcibly sent back into the midst of a catastrophic...

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18 September 2017

Women’s rights heroine Shakiba: "I will never remain silent when I see injustice against women."

When she leaves the house to go to work in the morning, Shakiba Amiri has to think carefully about the route she takes. The wrong choice could be the difference between life and death. Her home city Kabul is a dangerous place to be walking the streets. Violent attacks shake the city almost every day. Fortunately, as yet the...

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18 May 2017

Humaira Rasuli, Medica Afghanistan: “These roles for men and women are not laid down in Sharia law.”

What is life like for women and girls today in Afghanistan? According to the Afghan constitution they have the same rights as men. These include the rights to education, health and physical integrity. The actual conditions that women live under are revealed by a representative study conducted by the Afghan Ministry of Health....

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21 December 2016

Monika Hauser on the occasion of the year's end: What is essential to live a good life?

A little while ago I was preparing a public talk on the issue: “What do humans need?” At first glance there seemed to be many ways to answer it. What do I need as a citizen? What do I need as a friend? What is essential to my role as a mother? And what are the requirements in my work as a peacemaker? What does a professional...

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06 October 2016

Berlin: Global Peacebuilder Summit unites Peace Activists

Recently, 30 peacemakers from all over the world came together in Paretz, near Berlin, for the first Global Peacebuilder Summit. The invitations were issued by the Culture Counts Foundation to take part in a 5-day programme on the role of civil society in peace processes. Among the participants was Monika Hauser, who was the...

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