Congolese Gynecologist Denis Mukwege, UNODC Goodwill Ambassador Nadia Murad Awarded 2018 Nobel Peace Prize

New York Times: 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Awarded to Congolese Doctor and Yazidi Activist
“In the midst of a global reckoning over sexual violence, a Congolese gynecological surgeon and a Yazidi woman who was a captive of the Islamic State were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for their campaigns to end the use of mass rape as a weapon of war. The award went to Dr. Denis Mukwege, who has treated thousands of women in a country once called the rape capital of the world, and to Nadia Murad, who became a bold, dignified voice for women who survived sexual violence by the Islamic State. They have worked through grave risks to their own lives to help survivors and bring their stories to the world…” (Callimachi et al., 10/5).

Reuters: Congolese Mukwege, Iraq’s Murad win 2018 Nobel Peace Prize
“…Asked whether the #metoo movement, a prominent women’s rights activist forum, was an inspiration for this year’s prize, Nobel Committee Chairwoman Berit Reiss-Andersen said: ‘Metoo 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’…” (Adomaitis et al., 10/5).

U.N. News: Nobel Peace Prize goes to U.N. Goodwill Ambassador and Congolese doctor, highlighting sexual violence
“…The decision to jointly award this year’s Nobel Peace Prize to UNODC Goodwill Ambassador Nadia Murad and surgeon Denis Mukwege from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) will help end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war, the U.N. said…” (10/5).

Washington Post: The Nobel Peace Prize 2018 winners brought attention to sexual abuse in conflicts
“…Mukwege has treated thousands of rape victims at his hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Murad has become an outspoken activist about sexual slavery and human trafficking. What they have in common is that they both have lived in parts of the world where it is particularly dangerous to be a woman…” (Harlan/Bearak, 10/5).

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