Physician Denis Mukwege, who treats and advocates for victims of sexual assault in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Nadia Murad, a Yazidi woman kidnapped by Islamic State militants in Iraq who now works with the worldwide community on ways to fight the sex slave trade and ISIS, will share the prize.
So celebrating individuals like Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad, who are actively working to help others, feels absolutely right in times when it seems that man is indeed, wolf to man.
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Mukwegeopened a clinictwo decades ago in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), with the goal of treating women who had been subjected to sexual violence during armed conflicts.
Mr Mukwege leads the Panzi Hospital in the eastern city of Bukavu. Abuses were committed during a long civil war that killed 6 million Congolese people.
The Nobel Committee also noted the bravery of his fellow Peace Prize laureate Murad, saying that she tackled sexual violence by speaking about her experiences in Iraq.
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The committee said:Dr Mukwege, who has been nominated before: "Denis Mukwege's basic principle is that "justice is everyone's business".
"#MeToo and war crimes is not quite the same thing". The importance of Dr. Mukwege's enduring, dedicated and selfless efforts in this field can not be overstated. But they do however, have that in common: "that it is important to see the suffering of women, to see the abuses and to achieve that it is important that women leave the concept of shame and speak out", said Reiss-Andersen.
BAGHDAD: New Iraqi President Barham Saleh Friday hailed the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to a Yazidi, Nadia Murad, calling it "an honour for all Iraqis who fought terrorism and bigotry". She particularly focused on the plight of Yazidi women, many of whom were also held as sex slaves or victims of egregious crimes.
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"They sold girls, girls that were underage, because ISIS considered that permissible under Islamic law", she said. Her assaulters threatened to execute her if she did not convert to their hateful, inhuman version of Islam.
She became an activist for the Yazidi people after escaping in November 2014, campaigning to help put an end to human trafficking and calling on the world to take a tougher line on rape as a weapon of war. The abuses were systematic, and part of a military strategy. She managed to cross into Iraqi Kurdistan and found refuge in camps with other Yazidis. She escaped after three months in captivity.