10 December 2012

Afghanistan Conference - Does violence against woman endanger the peace process?

"Violence against women is a threat to peace and security – in Afghanistan and in the world as whole." With this remark, Dr Monika Hauser, founder of the women's rights organisation medica mondiale, opened the international conference "Hope for peace and fear for women's rights in Afghanistan". This conference took place in Bad Godesberg from November 30 to December 1 and was organised jointly by medica mondiale and the Evangelische Akademie im Rheinland (Protestant Academy). Around 80 guests attended to discuss the opportunities for a just peace in Afghanistan with Afghan women's rights advocates and German Afghanistan experts. Most Afghan women and girls still live in a climate of violence and their voices are not being heard at a political level.

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07 December 2012

Expert Laure Saporta about the evaluation in Afghanistan (2009-2013): "Knowledge trough the snowball effect"

Expert Laure Saporta visited Afghanistan in November 2012 as Evaluator on behalf of medica mondiale. Her task was the final assessment of the project "Social Support and Legal Help for Women threatened by violence, or imprisoned, and their children". The findings are being implemented by two local organisations: Medica...

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07 December 2012

Evaluation of project in Afghanistan (2009-2013) shows: Empowerment of women and girls successful

In July 2009 Medica Afghanistan and the women’s organisation Women for Afghanistan started a project: Social Support and Legal Help for women either threatened by violence or imprisoned, and their children. In November 2012, Laure Saporta, an independent expert evaluated the project on behalf of medica mondiale. The results show...

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14 October 2012

Evaluation: International Peacebuilding project (2009-2011) shows effects on political participation

In March 2006 medica mondiale started a 3 year project to encourage and support the political participation of women and girls in the peace process in Liberia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Afghanistan. Three years later, at the end of 2011, the independent expert Michaela Raab conducted a final evaluation of the project...

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15 February 2012

Afghanistan: “The Modest Wonder of a Normal Life“

„From Transition to Transformation“ was the highly promising title of the Afghan Conference, which took place on Monday in Bonn. Much was spoken about, written and discussed before the gathering of about 1000 delegates, which took place exactly ten years after the first Petersberg Conference on Afghanistan. Would representatives from the Taliban be present? Would Pakistan, whose role is seen as so essential for the establishment of peace in the entire region, take part? Would the Afghan civil society be allowed to have a say this time?

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16 January 2012

Medica Afghanistan: Psychosocial counselling and training

Everyday life for women in Afghanistan is still characterised by extreme breaches of human rights. According to UN reports, rape is still commonplace and 87 per cent of women are regularly beaten. This often leads to serious psychosocial problems and even psychosomatic illness. Medica Afghanistan offers Afghan women regular conversation groups and individual counselling sessions to help them deal with their trauma and find a new lease of life.

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