Dr Monika Hauser presented with the Award of Zenica

On the occasion of the official Day of Zenica, March 20th, eminent individuals and groups were
presented with public recognitions by the city of Zenica. This year
Monika Hauser , executive
director of Medica mondiale in Cologne and the founder of Medica Zenica, was among the
laureates. She was presented with this year’s “Award of Zenica” to honour her work on
improvement of human rights and democracy development and the development and
recognition of Zenica Municipality, its quality of living and improvement of the reputation of
Zenica in the country and abroad.
In 1993, together with a few local women and professionals, Monika Hauser founded Medica
Zenica, a therapy center which has ever since provided medical and psychosocial support to
women survivors of war rape and other forms of war trauma and violence.
The “Award of Zenica” was presented to Monika Hauser by the Mayor of Zenica Municipality,
Husejin Smajlović, on April 4th at the 16th anniversary celebration of Medica Zenica.
This was another opportunity to remind the public of the origins of our work and efforts of all
Medica’s associates who have succeeded in preserving Medica’s services thanks to the suppor
and understanding from foreign donors and the local community.
On this occasion, the Executive Director, Sabiha Husić, had a chance to present the
accomplishments of Medica to the guests.
Apart from the Mayor of Zenica Municipality, Husejin Smajlović, and the Premier of Zenica
Doboj Canton, Miralem Galijašević, the anniversary of Medica Zenica was attended by
representatives of other government institutions, embassies in BiH, religious communities,
nongovernmental organizations, media, donors, and other guests.
A special asset to this occasion was certainly the presence some beneficiaries of Medica
Zenica and some of the former associates of this organization.
Delivering her speech, Dr Monika Hauser, who started her activist engagement right here, in
Zenica, emphasized the value and importance of Medica’s empirical work in the creation and
activism of other similar therapy centers which provide support to the most vulnerable
categories of society (women and children) in crisis areas all over the world.