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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07 December 2017

“She is a staunch feminist.”

Twenty-five years ago, the historian Gabi Mischkowski received a telephone call from a “crazy doctor” offering to help her support women caught up in the Bosnian war. That call marked the beginning of the story of medica mondiale, the women’s rights organisation.

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13 July 2017

Trauma Work: Strong and self-confident

Many people, who have been forced to flee war and violence, have had traumatic experiences. To deal with these experiences, they need good social connections, a safe environment and supporters, who act with caution. In 2016, medica mondiale trained around 200 specialists and volunteers working with the refugee community in its...

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30 June 2017

Women as a Key to Integration

Accepting an invitation from German Member of Parliament Gabriela Heinrich, on June 26, 2017, Sybille Fezer, Managing Director at medica mondiale, travelled to Strasbourg for a hearing at the Council of Europe. The meeting served to inform members of the Equality and Non-Discrimination Committee as part of the topic “Migration...

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05 May 2017

Video: Tips for refugee women from refugee women

They fled to Germany some years ago. Now the women who made the film "Hand in Hand with Women" are turning to the women refugees who have just arrived in the country. The film offers them important tips and guidance on how to live a more self-determined life and to integrate in German society successfully. (English Video with...

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