30 November 2018

Violence against women: Reparations, recognition and coming to terms with the issue

Estimates suggest that during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina some 50,000 women and girls were systematically raped. In spite of the international outrage about this sexualised violence, no process of coming to terms with these crimes found its way into the Dayton Peace Agreement. Similarly, the peace process as a whole barely...

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25 September 2018

Monika Hauser, Geneva Peace Talks at the UN: "No peace without gender justice!"

On the International Day of Peace this year, the founder of medica mondiale Monika Hauser was invited to the United Nations Office in Geneva to address the Geneva Peace Talks, which this year had "Peace without Borders" as their theme. Broadcast worldwide, the talks were an opportunity for nine activists to share their personal...

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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

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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29 May 2017

Women’s rights heroine Sofije T.: “I want our voice to be heard.”

During the Kosovo war she was raped. Today she is fighting for justice for women who survived sexualised violence. Sofije T. is a client of our partner organisation Medica Gjakova. Her story is sad but also encouraging.

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