In 2020 medica mondiale established its Advisory Board, which supports and advises the charitable association medica mondiale. The founding members of the Advisory Board are Prof. Dr. Ulrike Lembke, Professor for Public Law and Gender Studies, Jagoda Marinic, journalist, author and playwright, Dr. Regina Mühlhäuser, historian at the Hamburg Foundation for the Advancement of Research and Culture, Prof. Dr. Rolf Pohl, sociologist, social psychologist, masculinity and gender researcher, Prof. Dr. Luise Reddemann, psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, author, and Barbara Unmüßig, President of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, Berlin.
The association members Heidi Baumann, Beate Ziegler and Heike Baur-Wagner build the newly established Supervisory Board. They monitor the organisation’s strategy and budget. The Supervisory Board is the body responsible for monitoring the values and supervising the association. In October 2017 the association members agreed new statutes and the introduction of a full-time Executive Board as well as an external Advisory Board (to start in 2019) as well as the Supervisory Board.
Head office staff
72 staff members (Source: Annual Report 2020) with a variety of professional backgrounds currently work at the head office of medica mondiale. They organise and manage the establishment of therapy and counselling centres for women in crisis zones, advise the local staff on project management issues and verify the proper use of the funds. Furthermore, they inform people in Germany about the situation of women in war and crisis zones and take care of donors.
Women working in local projects
Some of our staff members work directly in medica mondiale projects abroad. The psychologists, therapists, social workers and lawyers are usually local experts. They grew up in the same culture as their clients and know and understand the women’s worries and problems – sometimes even sharing the same experiences.
Memberships of medica mondiale
The consortium Feminist Impact for Rights and Equality (FIRE) brings together five international feminist organisations. It arose out of an initiative taken by Madeleine Reese, the President of WILPF. The five organisations in FIRE want to network, empower each other and work together to make a contribution to the curbing of sexualised violence worldwide. From a feminist perspective, they analyse, plan and support peacebuilding activities and measures taken for and with women and communities affected by violence. Alongside medica mondiale, the other women’s organisations in the consortium are:
• Kvinna till Kvinna, Sweden
• Nobel Women’s Initiative, Canada
• Madre, United States of America
• Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), Switzerland