A day when two solo crusaders against war-zone rape win the Nobel Peace Prize: it doesn’t get better than this.
At a time when the institutions of the world are struggling to cope with the enormous case load of survivors of war-zone sexual violence, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has itself done something incredible. Drawing attention to the need to end war-time sexual violence came as an unexpected kudo for all the hardworking volunteers with Civil Society who devote their lives to opposing sexual violence as a weapon of war.
Presently there are over 50 armed conflicts around the world and on at least three continents, women and children are subjected to brutal sexual violence.
“Denis Mukwege is the helper who has devoted his life to defending these victims.
“Nadia Murad is the witness who tells of the abuses perpetrated against herself and others.
“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.”
Denis Mukwege, 63, winner of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize.0