March 31 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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March 04 2009

Monika Hauser awarded the Alternative Nobel Prize

medica mondiale commits herself in favour of traumatised women and girls in war and crisis zones and regards herself as advocate of the rights and interests of women who have survived sexualised war-related violence. medica mondiale offers gynaecological treatment to women, supports them by way of psychosocial counselling and legal advice, implements income-generating projects and pursues political human rights work. This year, Monika Hauser was awarded the Alternative Nobel Prize – a clear signal in medica mondiale’s commitment against sexualised war-related violence.

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March 03 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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November 26 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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September 29 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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