Nobel Peace Prize-2018 awarded to Denis Mukwege, Nadia Murad
Stockholm: Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad have been awarded with the Nobel Peace Prize for 2018. The duos were awarded with the prestigious award for their work on ending sexual violence as a weapon of war.
While Denis Mukwege is the helper who has devoted his life to defending victims of war-time sexual violence, Nadia Murad is the witness who tells of the abuses perpetrated against herself and others.
According to the twitter handle of Nobel Prize, Denis Mukwege, a physician, has spent large parts of his adult life helping the victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Along with his staff, Dr. Mukwege has treated thousands of patients who have fallen victim to such assaults.
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.
On the other hand, Nadia Murad is the witness who tells of the abuses perpetrated against herself and others. She has shown uncommon courage in recounting her own sufferings and speaking up on behalf of other victims.
She 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.
Following her escape from IS, she chose to speak openly about what she had suffered.
At the age of just 23, she was named the UN’s first Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking in 2016.
James Allison and Japan’s Tasuku Honjo won this year’s Nobel Prize in Medicine while Scientists Frances Arnold, George Smith and Gregory Winter won the 2018 Nobel Prize for Chemistry.
Likewise, the Nobel Prize 2018 was conferred on Arthur Ashkin (USA), Gérard Mourou (France) and Donna Strickland (Canada) in Physics.