Who we are: Together against sexualised violence
medica mondiale is a feminist women’s rights organisation. We support women and girls in war and crisis zones who have experienced sexualised violence – irrespective of their political standing, ethnic origin or religious affiliation. Together with our partner organisations, we are working to uphold women’s rights and enhance the self-determination of women and girls.
In all wars and conflicts, women and girls are raped, kidnapped and enslaved. Many survivors come away with physical and psychological injuries. Some have been made pregnant. Often, survivors experience social stigmatisation, are excluded from their communities, and are left alone with their experiences.
Founded in 1993, medica mondiale provides support to women and girls who experienced sexualised wartime violence. To achieve this, we work together with local, female-led partner organisations. Together we empower women and girls by offering them medical and psychological assistance, legal advice, and programs to help them generate their own income. At the same time we work at the political level to assert women’s rights and raise awareness of the consequences of violence for the whole of society.
“Right from the beginning our work aimed to do more than just ensure women survived their experiences of violence – they should survive with dignity!”
Action taken to eliminate sexualised violence and promote self-determination can only succeed if taken together. We plan our projects together with local women’s organisations and promote their networking and cooperation with relevant local stakeholders. Networking is important to overcome the isolation of women affected by violence. Joining forces also enhances the political and societal pressure that can be exerted.
“We are an aid organisation, but we are also a feminist human rights organisation. We want fundamental aspects of our society to change until we achieve gender justice.”