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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24 May 2017

Women’s Rights Conference in Kosovo: “19 years ago, death was knocking at the door.”

For almost 20 years, medica mondiale has been working to support women who were subjected to sexualised violence during the Kosovo war. For the same length of time, the affected women have been waiting for justice. Mechthild Buchholz, Press Spokeswoman at medica mondiale, travelled together with colleagues to the “Empower Women...

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08 May 2017

Empower Women Now - Conference

“Strengthened efforts are urgently required during the next months to ensure that the reparation scheme for survivors of sexualised violence is implemented in Kosovo”, demands Linda Sada, director of Media Gjakova, a women’s rights organization in Kosovo. “Our conference aims to speed up the process of a timely implementation of...

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