06 June 2016

“Women’s rights are being used as an alibi during the peace talks,” says Saifora Paktiss from Medica Afghanistan

In April, members of our communications staff had the opportunity to interview four key staff from Medica Afghanistan at our Cologne headquarters. They shared firsthand knowledge and impressions of their work, the ‘alibi policies’ of the Afghan government and how the women remain optimistic in spite of the obstacles they face.

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24 May 2016

“Women’s rights in our country have nothing to do with the presence or absence of the international military forces,” says Saifora Paktiss, Medica Afghanistan.

In April four staff members of Medica Afghanistan had the opportunity to visit the main office of medica mondiale in Cologne. They met colleagues from the communication department and shared firsthand knowledge about the impact of the withdrawal of international military troops on everyday life and women’s rights in Afghanistan....

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18 May 2016

“Women’s rights are part of peace. They simply belong together”, says Vida Faizi, Medica Afghanistan

In April, four staff members from Medica Afghanistan had the opportunity to visit the head office of medica mondiale in Cologne. They met colleagues from the communication department to share firsthand knowledge about their work as an independent non-governmental organisation, becoming activists for women’s rights, and the...

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10 May 2016

Humaira Rasuli, Director Medica Afghanistan: "Women are not silent anymore."

In April, four staff members of Medica Afghanistan, together with Jeannette Böhme, Advocacy and Human Rights Officer at medica mondiale, had the opportunity to visit some related organisations, such as the bzfo (Behandlungszentrum für Folteropfer - Treatment Centre for Torture Victims) and to talk to political representatives in...

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22 April 2016

Germany: medica mondiale demands more protection for women and girls during armed conflicts

In the midst of war, fleeing conflict zones, or seeking refuge in Germany – women and girls are being subjected to massive sexualised and gender-based violence throughout the world. VENRO, the umbrella organisation of development and humanitarian aid non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Germany, is calling on the German...

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14 January 2016

Comment Monika Hauser: Stop looking the other way! And no excuses! (#ausnahmslos)

The sexualised assaults in Cologne on New Year’s Eve were a nightmare for the women affected. They have a right to receive long-term support and to see the perpetrators brought to justice. The collective nature of these assaults was very unusual, but this can in no way be seen to justify racist ostracism and agitation. Nor...

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