14 August 2009

The Afghanistan Election: An interview with a local team member

Elections will be held in Afghanistan on August 20 to choose provincial council members and a national president. For various reasons, many Afghans take little interest in the elections. Many are burdened with problems of their own. Many women who can’t even choose their own husbands can’t grasp the concept of choosing a president. And many believe that the United States has already fixed the presidential election in favor of the incumbent Hamid Karzai. They see the election as an exercise in futility. Ann Jones, an american jounalist spoke to a local team member of medica mondiale Afghanistan.

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21 April 2009

Open letter to Merkel and Steinmeier - Womens’ rights into focus!

Against the background of worldwide protests against the signing of the Schiite Family and Personal Status law which debases women, medica mondiale demands that the German government gives womens’ rights a central role in their Afghanistan strategy. In an open letter to the Federal Chancellor Merkel and Foreign Minister Steinmeier medica mondiale insists on decisive intervention on the part of German politics, in order to prevent the passing of the Law in its current form.

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31 March 2009

Congolese human rights activist receives the Bremen Solidarity Prize

On March 16, 2009, Immaculée Birhaheka, founder of the Congolese women’s rights organization PAIF (Promotion et Appui aux Initiatives Féminines), was awarded the 11th Bremen Solidarity Prize. As the Senate of Bremen explained: With this award, “we are honoring one of the leading human rights defenders of the Democratic Republic of Congo, for her tireless efforts on behalf of women’s rights.“

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03 March 2009

Training Manual: Taking action against violence in Afghanistan

Gurcharan Virdee, a medica mondiale employee, summarized her experiences from five years of work in Afghanistan in an up-to-date training manual. The manual includes training modules for activists as well as for employees from organizations and institutions. The topics covered include: women-oriented counseling, family mediation and cooperation.

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26 November 2008

medica mondiale demands more protection and security for women in Congo

The day before the official ceremony of the Right Livelihood Award Monika Hauser and Lena Ag from the Swedish Women’s Rights Organisation Kvinna till Kvinna would like to discuss together with the Congolese women’s activist Immaculée Birhaheka of PAIF, and Charlotte Isaksson (enquired) Senior Gender Advisor of the Swedish Armed Forces and former Gender Advisor of EUFOR in the DRC on how to improve protection and security measures for women and women activists in the DR Congo.

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29 September 2008

UN Resolution 1820 – an overdue step on the road to strengthening women’s rights

“Historic”, “long overdue”, “an important step forwards”, this is how United Nations Resolution 1820 of June 19 was received by many. And indeed, for the first time ever the use of sexualized violence is officially designated as a war tactic – a tactic used to degrade and humiliate people, dominate them, instill fear in them, force them to relocate. Also for the first time, it affirms that sexualized violence is a potential threat to world peace and international security.

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