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Report of the executive board of medica mondiale

Group photo of the medica mondiale Executive Board (from left to right) Elke Ebert , Sybille Fezer, Dr Monika Hauser.

Since 2016 medica mondiale’s management is made up of three executive directors (f.l.t.r.): Elke Ebert (Executive Member of the Board Finances & Human Ressources),
 Sybille Fezer (Executive Member of the Board Programmes) and Dr. Monika Hauser (Chair of the board).

Balancing short-term crisis management and long-term priority setting

Development of the organisation

In Spring 2020, medica mondiale had to deal with the challenge of adapting its work as quickly as possible to the pandemic conditions we were all facing. In order to provide support for the crisis management of our partners as quickly and non-bureaucratically as possible, we set up an emergency fund, carried out extra fundraising for this, and held coaching sessions on feminist self-care.

At the main office in Cologne most staff began to work from home. Before the pandemic hit we had already begun to work via an online platform, so conditions had been met for remote digital workflows. All the while we tried to ensure that long-term issues still received time and attention, and began to develop a new organisation strategy. The first result: We now emphasise even more clearly that action against sexualised violence needs to take place everywhere in the world – that means in Germany, too.

Development of the association

The charitable association also needed to adapt to digital formats. So in 2020 the General Assembly moved online, and members discussed issues in digital “feminist discourse spaces”. An Advisory Board was set up last year to advise the Board of Directors.

Development of our programme work

We defined new priorities for our international programmes. In addition to providing direct support to women and girls affected by violence, and working to prevent sexualised violence, we will now place a stronger focus on the issue of “feminist networking and action”. In the Great Lakes Region of Africa, this type of multi-country, feminist programme has been in place since 2019. Further similar programmes were set up in 2020 in Southeast Europe and West Africa, prioritising support for joint feminist action carried out by partner organisations in these regions.

Outlook for 2021

In 2021, it is very likely that the world will be further fragmented by the COVID-19 pandemic. We see it as our duty in Cologne to be a focal point for our 49 partner organisations, assisting them in their courageous work for women’s rights. Increasingly we feel a longing for true, analogue cooperation, and we hope it will soon be possible again to experience this sense of togetherness, which is so important to our organisation, in the offline world as well.

Zu sehen ist das Logo der Frauenrechtsorganisation medica mondiale im Hintergrund mit arabischen Schriftzeichen darunter. Rechts davor das Gesicht einer freundlich lächelnden Frau. Es ist Rechtsberaterin Jihan Abas Mohammed.
Zu sehen ist das Logo der Frauenrechtsorganisation medica mondiale im Hintergrund mit arabischen Schriftzeichen darunter. Rechts davor das Gesicht einer freundlich lächelnden Frau. Es ist Rechtsberaterin Jihan Abas Mohammed.
Partner organisations worldwide
Where we empower women's rights organisations and what the focus in our cooperation is.