BUKAVU, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (OCTOBER 5, 2018) (REUTERS) – Denis Mukwege, a doctor who helps victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, celebrated his Nobel Peace Prize win with his patients at his hospital in the eastern city of Bukavu on Friday (October 5).
“The world has started listening to women,” Mukwege said as he addressed patients in the hospital he heads, adding that “all women going through struggles must get reparation”.
Crowds of people clapped, sang and danced in Panzi Hospital hours after the announcement that Mukwege and Nadia Murad, a Yazidi rights activist and survivor of sexual slavery by Islamic State, won the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize. They were awarded the prize for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said.
Mukwege was in the operation room when he was told the news.
A past winner of the United Nations Human Rights Prize and the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize, Mukwege performed surgery on scores of women after they had been raped by armed men, and he campaigned to highlight their plight. He also provides HIV/AIDS treatment as well as free maternal care.
The clinic opened in 1999 and receives thousands of women each year, many of them requiring surgery from sexual violence.