Congolese Mukwege, Iraq’s Murad win Nobel Peace Prize

Denis Mukwege, a gynecologist treating victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Nadia Murad, a Yazidi human rights activist and survivor of sexual slavery by Islamic State in Iraq, won the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday. Mia Womersley reports.

OSLO, NORWAY / VARIOUS (TV2 / REUTERS / UNICEF / EBS / UNTV / FIRAT NEWS AGENCY) – A two-person fight against sexual violence as a war weapon has been awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize.

This year, the winners are a gynaecologist and a survivor of sexual slavery.

Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege has treated victims in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Yazidi human rights activist Nadia Murad was enslaved and raped by by Islamic State fighters in Iraq in 2014.


“Denis Mukwege is the helper who has devoted his life to defending these 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.”

Doctor Mukwege leads the Panzi Hospital in the eastern city of Bukavu.

It opened in 1999 and the clinic receives thousands of women each year, many of them requiring surgery as a result of sexual violence.

Murad is an advocate for the Yazidi minority in Iraq and for refugee and women’s rights in general.

The prize is worth 1 million dollars and will be presented in Oslo on the 10th of December.

The award is given each year to the person or group that has done the most to advance world peace.

Last year it went to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.

Associated Links

  • Human behavior
  • Violence
  • Middle East
  • Women human rights defenders
  • Women in Iraq
  • Nadia Murad
  • Wartime sexual violence
  • Sexual abuse
  • Torture
  • Denis Mukwege
  • Yazidis
  • Nobel Peace Prize

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