01 December 2015

“We have been harmed but we are brave and strong”

Survivors need psychosocial support from trained staff, societal recognition, justice by seeing perpetrators punished, and adequate financial support for projects combating sexualised violence – these are the demands voiced at a symposium organised by medica mondiale on November 30, 2015. Some 100 women and a few men came...

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24 September 2015

Comment from Monika Hauser: Refugees in Germany – opportunity and responsibility

Currently we are seeing a widespread feeling of responsibility for the refugees and an enormous willingness to help them. Touched by the plight of these people fleeing war and despair, a majority of German people can no longer sit and watch but rather want to take action. Seen politically, the Western industrialised nations are...

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26 August 2015

Karin Griese, Head of the Trauma Work Department: “Trauma as the consequence of experiencing violence cannot be treated solely by treating the symptoms.”

During war and post-war periods, women and girls experience rape, sexualised torture, sexual enslavement and other forms of life-threatening, gender-specific violence. In order to be able to regain stability, survivors need both empathic specialist support and a trauma-sensitive social environment that does not tolerate...

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06 May 2015

"Our self-confidence is growing" – Theresa Dunbar, medica mondiale Liberia

Theresa Dunbar has been working for medica mondiale Liberia since 2008. She began as a community counsellor and now she is a District counsellor, assisting other community counsellors in their work. In remote villages, the counsellors are the first point of contact for women and girls who have been affected by violence. Theresa...

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08 April 2015

Liberia Blog on the Ebola crisis: Caroline Bowah Brown provides up-to-date reports

In our blog, the Director of the women’s rights and relief organisation medica mondiale Liberia, Caroline Bowah Brown, regularly reports on the current situation in her country: How is the Ebola crisis affecting everyday work? How are the organisation’s staff helping to deal with the epidemic? How can the counsellors protect...

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