Friday, October 5, 2018
This year's winners of the Nobel Peace prize are two outspoken advocates against sexual violence, the NYT reports.
One of the award winners is Dr. Denis Mukwege, a gynecological surgeon in The Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2012, Dr. Mukwege spoke to the UN, lashing out at "an unjust war that has used violence against women and rape as a strategy of war." His speech led to an assassination attempt that the doctor survived after which he continued to treat women affected by sexual violence.
The other award winner is Nadia Murad. Ms. Murad is Yazidi, and, like other young women from this ethnic minority, she was sold into slavery by ISIS and subject to repeated sexual violence. After escaping, Ms. Murad went public with her story and has taken every effort to speak out and draw attention to the plight of Yazidi women.
The Nobel Prize committee rewarded these two for their “efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.”