25 October 2018

2018 Nobel Peace Prize Awarded to Activists campaigning against the use of rape as a weapon of war

Gynaecologist Denis Mukwege and Yazidi campaigner Nadia Murad are jointly awarded “for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict” as stated by the Norwegian Nobel Committee.

Nadia Murad Basee Taha is an Iraqi Yazidi human rights activist. In 2014 she was kidnapped and held by Daesh (the Islamic State) for three months. She has used her own story of enslavement and rape to draw international attention to the plight of Yazidi community as well as girls and women who have suffered extreme abuse by Daesh. Listen to her powerful speech to the UN from 2016. 

Dr. Denis Mukwege is a Congolese gynecologist. He established and maintains the Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, where he specializes in the treatment of women who have been raped by armed rebels. He has become the world’s leading specialist in the treatment of wartime sexual violence and a global campaigner against the use of rape as a weapon of war.