01 February 2018

Pension for survivors of sexualised wartime violence

Press Release: Cologne, February 1, 2018. As of February 5, women and girls who were raped during the 1998/99 Kosovo war will be able to apply for a pension. In March 2014 the country’s parliament passed the first draft of a law that these days finally provides all survivors of war-related sexualised violence with a monthly...

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19 January 2018

Kvinna till Kvinna – Woman to Woman

Right from the start there has been a close connection between the histories of the foundation Kvinna till Kvinna from Stockholm and medica mondiale from Cologne. Both organisations grew out of civil volunteer initiatives that started as a reaction to the mass rapes in Bosnia. Both organisations have been working ever since then...

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10 January 2018

Coping with reduced scope for action

How do human rights defenders carry out their work in countries that are politically unstable or weakened by conflicts? Their criticism of governments is often met with repression and a right to protection may not exist or be enforced. Staff at women’s rights organisations are particularly affected by this. What can they do when...

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02 January 2018

Yoga and Women`s Rights

Yoga offers women affected by violence a chance to practice self-care and mindfulness, which is why medica mondiale offers yoga exercises as part of its training courses. Alena Mehlau, graduate psychologist and Trauma Officer with medica mondiale, explains how yoga works in this interview.

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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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10 November 2017

Women’s rights heroine Godelive Kanyamuneza: "People need to learn that every single person is valuable."

When we asked her what her strengths were, Godelive Kanyamuneza referred to her organisational talent, her expertise and her leadership experience. However, it would appear that her greatest strength might actually be her talent for persuasion and motivation. Within a few short years she has succeeded in establishing a safe...

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