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Anti-Rape Activists Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad Awarded The Nobel Peace Prize 2018

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| October 5 , 2018 , 15:25 IST

The Norwegian Nobel Committe decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2018 to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict on Thursday, at the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo, Norway.

Nadia Murad is one of an estimated 3,000 Yazidi girls and women who were victims of rape and other abuses by the IS army. The abuses were systematic and part of a military strategy.

 They served as a weapon in the fight against Yazidis and other religious minorities.

In 2016, at the age of just 23, she was named the UN’s first Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking.

The physician Denis Mukwege will be sharing the  award, Nobel Peace Prize. He has spent large parts of his adult life helping the victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Dr. Mukwege and his staff have treated thousands of patients who have fallen victim to such assaults.

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His basic principle is that “justice is everyone’s business”. The 2018 Peace Laureate is the foremost, most unifying symbol, both nationally and internationally, of the struggle to end sexual violence in war and armed conflicts.

He has repeatedly condemned impunity for mass rape and criticised the Congolese government and other countries for not doing enough to stop the use of sexual violence against women as a strategy and weapon of war.

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