09 July 2013

Survey: The daily practice of the Afghan Elimination of Violence Against Women Law

The Afghan "Elimination of Violence Against Women Law" (EVAW Law), which was passed in 2009, is the first law in Afghanistan to criminalise violence against women. This law is a milestone in the fight for Afghan women's and girl's rights. However, since May 18th, 2013 there is reason for concern as the Afghan parliament might...

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06 June 2013

Eastern Congo: AMOFUT - Shaping the future with awareness-raising work in schools

The horrific reports of rapes in eastern Congo just never end. According to partner organisations of medica mondiale, more younger women, even children, and also men and boys are being raped. With an ambitious school project in the Fizi region, the organisation Association Monde Futur (AMOFUT – Association for a Future World) is...

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20 May 2013

Medica Zenica: 20 years supporting survivors of sexualised wartime violence

In the therapy centre run by Medica Zenica, thousands of women traumatised during the Bosnian war later found vital support. In our interview, Sabiha Husić, Director of Medica Zenica, explains the challenges faced by the organisation today.

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15 May 2013

Albania: Medica Tirana 1999-2013

A generation after the fall of the communist dictatorship, Albanian women still suffer severely due to patriarchal structures. Poverty, high unemployment and violence char-acterise their daily lives. Beginning in 1999, Medica Tirana provided support for thousands of women and helped to foster public discourse on the issues of forced marriage, domestic violence and blood feuds. Medica Tirana ceased its activities in April 2013.

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14 May 2013

Council of Europe honours Monika Hauser with North-South Prize

Cologne, 14 May 2013. Monika Hauser, founder and Executive Member of the Board of medica mondiale, will be awarded the North-South Prize from the Council of Europe for 2012. The jury decided to award the prize to Monika Hauser in recognition of her contribution to providing assistance to women in crisis-torn countries, and in...

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30 December 2012

FOWAC in Uganda: Reintegrating enslaved and sexually exploited women into their families

Project sponsorship in Kitgum, North of UgandaAfter nearly 20 years of civil war in Uganda, women and girls are in great need of support. They suffered most of all from the fighting: many were kidnapped, raped and sexually enslaved during the armed conflict between rebel groups and the government in Uganda. There has been a certain degree of peace and stability in Northern Uganda since the armed rebel groups retreated to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Southern Sudan and the Central African Republic in 2008. However, hundreds of thousands of people are still living in refugee camps in the northern regions of the nation. It can be particularly difficult for women and girls to return to their villages: during the conflict the camps offered them protection from attacks to a certain extent and they had access to aid. Back in their communities, they are frequently subjected to renewed violence and discrimination in inheritance disputes – regarding land for example. And they are confronted with the lack of medical and psychosocial support.

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