AMICA for women and girls in crisis regions
AMICA e.V. was founded in 1993 in response to the horrific wartime atrocities occurring in Bosnia-Herzegovina. What began as an emergency humanitarian relief project quickly expanded into a model project in Tuzla, Bosnia-Herzegovina offering psychosocial consulting to women in situations of crisis and conflict. Today AMICA e.V. is working with partner-organizations in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Libya, in Lebanon und in Ukraine. AMICA e.V. is recognized as a non-profit, unincorporated organization. Our head office is located in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, where projects are developed and carried out in close cooperation with partner organizations.
Our vision is to equip women and girls in crises areas with the possibilities for and tools necessary to lead self-determined lives, manage violations of their rights and those of their families, and actively participate in reconciliation efforts within their societies. Our work is guided by the principles of UN Resolution 1325, which advocates for the following:
- the participation of women in peace processes
- the prevention of armed conflict
- the protection of women
- the prosecution of perpetrators.
We support and assist women’s organizations in post-conflict and crisis regions in building sustainable structures of support for women who have been made victims of violence. This includes:
- psychosocial assistance for traumatized patients,
- medical assistance,
- legal counseling,
- meeting and reconciliation between ethnic groups,career qualification,
- aid in meeting subsistence needs and achieving livelihood security
- health education for girls,
- public relations and lobbying work in the interest of women’s rights and status in conflict regions,
- the empowerment of women in post-conflict regions,
- the participation of women in political decision-making.