04 April 2014

The story of the palm tree

Long, long ago there was a young palm tree who lived in the desert. She loved life, and looked forward to experiencing everything that came her way. She felt joy in each sunrise as the first rays of sunlight touched her branches, she was happy when birds came to rest in her shade as the day grew hotter, she danced in the desert...

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06 June 2013

Eastern Congo: AMOFUT - Shaping the future with awareness-raising work in schools

The horrific reports of rapes in eastern Congo just never end. According to partner organisations of medica mondiale, more younger women, even children, and also men and boys are being raped. With an ambitious school project in the Fizi region, the organisation Association Monde Futur (AMOFUT – Association for a Future World) is...

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30 December 2012

FOWAC in Uganda: Reintegrating enslaved and sexually exploited women into their families

Project sponsorship in Kitgum, North of UgandaAfter nearly 20 years of civil war in Uganda, women and girls are in great need of support. They suffered most of all from the fighting: many were kidnapped, raped and sexually enslaved during the armed conflict between rebel groups and the government in Uganda. There has been a certain degree of peace and stability in Northern Uganda since the armed rebel groups retreated to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Southern Sudan and the Central African Republic in 2008. However, hundreds of thousands of people are still living in refugee camps in the northern regions of the nation. It can be particularly difficult for women and girls to return to their villages: during the conflict the camps offered them protection from attacks to a certain extent and they had access to aid. Back in their communities, they are frequently subjected to renewed violence and discrimination in inheritance disputes – regarding land for example. And they are confronted with the lack of medical and psychosocial support.

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26 June 2012

DR Congo: PAIF - Support for survivors of sexualized violence

Project cooperation in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo):medica mondiale has been collaborating with the Congolese women’s rights organization PAIF (Promotion et Appui aux Initiatives Féminines) since 2004. The organization provides support services specifically to women and girl survivors of rape in the Kivu provinces. PAIF provides emotional support and counselling as well as economic aid to the victims, and escorts them to hospitals, to the police, and to court. PAIF also educates families, communities, and institutions about violence against women, documents cases of sexualized violence, and advocates for the prosecution of the perpetrators.

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03 March 2012

DR Congo: REMAK - Medical care and start-up aid for survivors of sexualised violence

Project sponsorship in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, South KivuIn 2001 in Kamituga, a community in the province of South Kivu, a group of mothers founded the first women’s organisation REMAK (Regroupement des Mamans de Kamituga). Their goal is to support survivors of sexualised violence with medical care and psychosocial counselling. In addition the organisation advocates the social reintegration of these women, who are often outcast and ostracised, mediates between women rape victims, their husbands, and their families, and provides them with income-generating means in order to raise their self-esteem and their status in their families and communities.

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28 February 2012

Women, the elections and peace in the DR Congo

Times are particularly harsh once again in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). In this country elections do not constitute a moment of hope for democracy and change but rather signify a moment of terror and impunity, often leading to disastrous consequences – and this especially for women. Human Rights Watch reported 24 dead and about 100 seriously wounded civilians in the DRC in the two weeks that followed the elections which were held at the end of November 2011. Immaculée Birhaheka, a women’s rights activist and director of a Congolese women’s non-governmental organisation called PAIF (Promotion et Appui aux Initiatives Féminines), reported that most of those victims were women.

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