Educational and public relations work, awareness raising
medica mondiale draws public attention to the global scandal of sexualised violence in war and its consequences, provides information about the causes and the background of such violence and demands for the public to face up to the topic of war rapes.
Awareness raising for police and legal professionals
Lawyers from medica mondiale and partner organisations are also working towards raising awareness at judicial and police authorities. Violence against women has no legal consequences in many societies: these crimes are not prosecuted by police or law enforcement authorities and police often do not even know that rape or forced marriages with minors are punishable. Sometimes concepts of justice even go as far as those in Afghanistan, for example, where the perpetrator raping a woman is often not considered guilty. Instead, the woman is put into prison.
Many women do not report acts of violence because they are afraid to be humiliated once again when questioned by police or in court. In order to change this, medica mondiale carries out trainings for police staff, judges and public prosecutors on the topic of violence against women and human rights. The courses also teach them about the devastating consequences of traumatisation and gender-specific violence.