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2018 Nobel Peace Prize Awarded to Yazidi Activist Nadia Murad and Congolese Doctor Denis Mukwege

Oslo, Norway.  October 5, 2018. The 2018 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege “for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict,” according to the Norwegian Nobel Committee announcement on 5 October 2018 in Oslo, Norway.

After reading the citation, Committee Chair Berit Reiss-Andersen told reporters that the impact of this year’s award is “to highlight sexual abuse with the goal that every level of governance take responsibility to end such crimes and impunities”.

Nadia Muradis is a Yazidi human rights advocate who survived sexual slavery by the Islamic State in Iraq and published a memoir of the ordeal.

Denis Mukwege is a gynecologist specializing in the treatment of women victimized by sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

“Each of them in their own way has helped to give greater visibility to war-time sexual violence so that the perpetrators can be held accountable for their actions,” reads the award citation.

Norwegian Nobel Committee Chair Berit Reiss-Andersen commented on whether the ME TOO MOVEMENT inspired the Committee’s award decision: “Me too and war crimes are not quite the same. But they have in common that they see the suffering of women, the abuse of women and that it is important that women leave the concept of shame behind and speak up”.

“I hope that it will help bring justice for those women who suffered from sexual violence,” said Murad, learning of the award while in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She said she will share her award “with Yazidis, Iraqis, Kurds, other persecuted minorities and all of the countless victims of sexual violence around the world” and will be thinking of her mother, who was slain by IS militants.

Source of information and photos – www.nobelprize.org, UN multimedia, Wikipedia online encyclopedia 

Photo by Asav – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=67231648

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