About SEKA Hamburg e.V.
Since 1992, women from Hamburg have been committed to supporting women and children who were victims of violence and expulsion during the wars in former Yugoslavia. As one result of this ongoing commitment, Hamburg women in April 1996 founded and registered the women's association SEKA Hamburg e.V. - as a non-profit and tax freed organisation.
SEKA´s aims and objectives are:
- To contribute to the physical and mental recovery of women and children who have survived war and violence in the countries of former Yugoslavia, by providing therapeutic support on site
- To support and train local professionals and para-professionals (activists) working with victims of violence, who are often traumatized and burnt out themselves
- To contribute to the peace building process in the Balkan region by fostering dialogue and mutual understanding among women of the different entities and religious communities, as well as among returnees and those who stayed back and lived through the wars in the region
- To contribute to democratization and peace process in the Balkan region - especially in Bosnia and Herzegovina - and to the improvement of the social situation of women in the Balkan region in general by networking with other (women's) organisations
SEKA Hamburg realizes these aims and objectives actually through the support of the Women's Peace Project ‚SEKA House’ - a Centre for therapy, education and recreation in Gorazde, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
SEKA Hamburg e.V. sees its work as a contribution of Hamburg women and Hamburg's people in general to help those that suffered most from the war in former Yugoslavia: women and children. SEKA believes that its work contributes to intercultural understanding and peace keeping within Europe.