20 March 2017

Burundi: Defying the increase in violence

After ten generally peaceful years, the security situation in the post-war country of Burundi began to deteriorate drastically in 2015. Political crises usually have a negative impact on women’s rights. So how can women’s rights organisations give women and girls hope for a better life in spite of this situation? Our staff...

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18 January 2017

Series "heroines promoting women's rights": Elisabeth Selbert (1896-1986)

In Germany the principle of equality has been anchored in the constitution since 1948. However, the principle was not originally in the Basic Law: its inclusion was largely due to the recalcitrance of one woman, Elisabeth Selbert. She was a lawyer from Kassel and one of the four women in the Parliamentary Council who were later...

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21 December 2016

Monika Hauser on the occasion of the year's end: What is essential to live a good life?

A little while ago I was preparing a public talk on the issue: “What do humans need?” At first glance there seemed to be many ways to answer it. What do I need as a citizen? What do I need as a friend? What is essential to my role as a mother? And what are the requirements in my work as a peacemaker? What does a professional...

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18 November 2016

Evaluation Northern Uganda: to strengthened women`s rights in future

In 2007, medica mondiale started supporting the Ugandan organisation Foundation for Women Affected by Conflict (FOWAC). The organisation works with former child soldiers, young mothers, widows and other survivors, who are all affected by violence and still suffering from the years of civil war. In 2014 a comprehensive project...

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13 October 2016

DR Kongo: “Helping people only halfway is no way to achieve long-term change.”

Nomen est omen - but the 36-year-old psychologist Miracle Zawadi knows that it takes more than her fortuitous first name to work true wonders. Nonetheless, Miracle has ambitious plans for her work as Expert Adviser for medica mondiale in South Kivu – a position she took up in March. “I want to help the staff at our partner...

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06 October 2016

Berlin: Global Peacebuilder Summit unites Peace Activists

Recently, 30 peacemakers from all over the world came together in Paretz, near Berlin, for the first Global Peacebuilder Summit. The invitations were issued by the Culture Counts Foundation to take part in a 5-day programme on the role of civil society in peace processes. Among the participants was Monika Hauser, who was the...

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