Gynaecologist and Human Rights activist have been awarded 2018 Nobel Peace Prize.
Gynaecologist Denis Mukwege treating victims of sexual violence in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and Yazidi human rights activist Nadia Murad have been awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, which was announced at a press conference in Norwegian Capital, Oslo, on Friday by Berit Reiss-Andersen, chair of the Nobel Committee.
“Both laureates have made a crucial contribution to focusing attention on and combatting such war crimes,” said Reiss-Andersen.
“Denis Mukwege is the helper who has devoted his life to defending his victims. Nadia Murad is the witness who tells of the abuses perpetrated against herself and others.
“Each of them, in their own way, has helped to give greater visibility to wartime sexual violence so that the perpetrators can be held accountable for their actions,” she said.
Murad was a victim of rape and sexual abuse, in August 2014, she was captured by ISIS fighters and sold as a sex slave. she was subjected to rape and got death threats if she did not convert to Islam, during her captivity.
She has become a prominent activist for Yazidi women who were targeted by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS, also known as ISIL) as the armed group established control of Iraqi territory.
While, Mukwege, a gynaecologist, has spent years helping victims of sexual violence in the DRC, where longtime civil war has claimed millions of lives. Reiss Anderson has commended Denis effort, she said,
“The importance of Denis Mukwege’s enduring dedicated and selfless efforts in this field cannot be overrated. He has repeatedly condemned impunity for mass rape and criticised the Congolese government and other countries for not doing enough to stop the use of sexual violence against women as a strategy and a weapon of war,”