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.
This year, the winners are a gynaecologist and a survivor of sexual slavery.
BERIT REISS-ANDERSEN, CHAIRWOMAN OF THE NORWEGIAN NOBEL COMMITTEE, SAYING:
“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.
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.