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Nobel Peace Prize recognizes fighters against wartime sexual violence

Congolese surgeon, Dr. Denis Mukwege and Iraqi human rights activist, Nadia Murad in recognition for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war.

The Nobel Peace Prize 2018 has been awarded to Congolese surgeon, Dr. Denis Mukwege and Iraqi human rights activist, Nadia Murad  “for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict”, the announcement stated.

This year’s Nobel Prize not only recognises Mukwege and Murad, but also salutes others around the world who are working to put an end to sexual violence. Giving weight to Dr. Denis Mukwege’s basic principle; “justice is everyone’s business”

Dr. Mukwege as a gynaecological surgeon, has supported and provided medical aid to victims of war rape in Congo through his hospital, Hôpital G.R de Panzi. The doctor has on several occasions criticised the Congolese government and other countries for not doing enough to stop the use of sexual violence against women as a strategy and weapon of war.

Nadia Murad is one of an estimated 3,000 Yazidi girls and women who were victims of rape and other abuses by the IS army. The abuses were systematic and part of a military strategy. Following her escape from IS, Murad chose to speak openly and use her experience as an advocacy tool. She became the UN’s first Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking in 2016.

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