This Nobel Prize is dedicated for all the suffering women: Denis Mukwege

Pauline Gross
October 8, 2018

The Norwegian Nobel Committee says that Mukwege is "the foremost, most unifying symbol, both nationally and internationally, of the struggle to end sexual violence in war and armed conflicts".

There was speculation that President Donald Trump would win the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in bringing North Korea to the negotiating table, but the committee has instead awarded it to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad for their fight against sexual violence in wartime.

"We have the responsibility to fight against sexual violence as a weapon of war", Mukwege told Kyodo News at his hospital in Bukavu in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo on Saturday, a day after winning the prize for his work to treat victims of sexual violence in the war-torn African country.

Murad, 25, was one of an estimated 3,000 girls and women from Iraq's Yazidi minority group who were kidnapped in 2014 by IS militants and sold into sexual slavery.

Nadia Murad is a human rights activist who, in the words of the committee, "has shown uncommon courage ... in speaking up".

She was enslaved and raped by Islamic State fighters in Mosul, Iraq, in 2014. Forty-five women came to us with the same story, they were all saying: "People came into my village and raped me, tortured me". He was horrified on seeing ghastly injuries on woman, including 2 year old girls to elderly women in their 70s, who managed to reach his clinic, all survivors of brutal sexual violence. "We must work together with determination - to prove that genocidal campaigns will not only fail, but lead to accountability for the perpetrators and justice for the survivors".

Murad has become a spokeswoman for Yazidi women abused by the Islamic State group.

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In a statement, Murad said she was "incredibly honored" by the prize.

Numerous women treated by Mukwege were victims of mass rape in the central African nation that has been wracked by conflict for decades.

DAN SMITH: You've got a very emotive combination here of a woman who has survived the most appalling atrocity and of a man who works to help women survive most appalling atrocities.

The winners were named tonight by the Norwegian Nobel Committee. Her assaulters threatened to execute her if she did not convert to their hateful, inhuman version of Islam.

It has been one decade since the UN Security Council declared the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and a war crime under global law.

United Nations rights chief Michelle Bachelet said it was "hard to imagine two more worthy winners", describing the prize as "richly-deserved recognition of two extraordinarily fearless, persistent and effective campaigners".

The prize was announced as #MeToo marks its first anniversary after a year in which allegations of sexual abuse, rape and harassment have toppled dozens of powerful men.

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