Women and girls having experienced sexualised violence are often seen as “victims” only. medica mondiale staff are self-conscious in how they act and speak: they acknowledge traumatised women as “survivors” who have managed not to be destroyed by the violence they encountered.
The counsellors in the projects help women to tap into their individual, cultural and collective resources, uncovering their buried power and strengths. Clients are encouraged to assume responsibility for their own healing process, counteracting the emergence of any dependence on support services. Women’s and self-help groups enhance sharing and mutual empowerment among those affected by violence.