Medica Afghanistan was launched in Kabul in 2002 by medica mondiale, a non-governmental organization based in Germany which stands up for women and girls in war and crisis zones throughout the world. Medica mondiale supports women and girls who have experienced sexualized violence, regardless of political, ethnic or religious affiliation. Together with women around the globe, medica mondiale is committed to helping women lead a dignified and self-determined life. To that end, medica mondiale organizes local women’s groups in crisis zones, builds their capacity for high quality work, and where possible helps them to become self-sufficient national organizations, as it has done with Medica Afghanistan. Among its many other activities on behalf of women and girls worldwide, medica mondiale continues to support its offspring organizations, including Medica Afghanistan.
Since its establishment in 2002, Medica Afghanistan has been working to meet the needs of women and girls in Afghanistan targeted by violence during decades of devastating conflict. Headquartered in Kabul, Medica Afghanistan also works in the north and west through branches in Balkh and Herat Provinces, though in 2008 it was unfortunately forced by deteriorating security in the south to close its branch in Kandahar. In December 2010, Medica Afghanistan was registered in the Ministry of Economy as a self-contained national organization, run by Afghan women for Afghan women.
Today Medica Afghanistan is proud to be a national non-governmental, non-profit, and non-sectarian Afghan women’s organization. Its purpose is to support women and girls affected by war and all other types of violence. It strives to improve the quality of women’s lives through direct psychosocial and legal services, while also raising public awareness and building capacity in the fields of health, education and law, and advocating for local and national policies to eliminate violence against women and girls.