Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad won the Nobel Peace Prize 2018 for fighting against sexual violence in war. Both laureates have made a crucial contribution to focusing attention on, and combating, such war crimes. Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad will be presented the Nobel Peace Prize on December 10 in Oslo.
Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad
Denis Mukwege is a gynecologist treating victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This year’s Peace Laureate Denis Mukwege 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 weapon of war. The 2018 Peace Laureate is the foremost, most unifying symbol, both nationally and internationally, of the struggle to end sexual violence in war and armed conflicts.
Nadia Murad is a victim of sexual assault herself and raped by Islamic State fighters in Mosul in 2014. She is an advocate for the Yazidi minority in Iraq and for refugee and women’s rights in general. In 2016, at the age of 23, Murad was named the UN’s first Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking. Murad, 25, is the second youngest Nobel peace prize laureate after Malala Yousafzai, who was 17 when she won in 2014.