Congolese gynecologist Denis Mukege “has spent large parts of his adult life helping victims of sexual violence,” said the chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Ms. Berit Reiss-Andersen. Winner Nadia Murad, a member of the Yazidi minority in northern Iraq, as a captive of ISIS was “repeatedly subjected to rape and other abuses.” In 2016, at age 23, she was made a UN goodwill ambassador for the dignity of survivors of human trafficking. She than became a public advocate for the Yazidi community in Iraq seeking justice for the victims.
Denis Mukege and Nadia Murad
Gender has been a key issue for the Nobel Committee this year. The committee saidabout the two winners at this category: “They have both put their own personal security at risk by courageously combatting war crimes and securing justice for victims.” Jan Egeland, who leads the Norwegian Refugee Council, said: „The best Nobel Prize in a long time. Finally focus on horrific & widespread sexual violence in war. Must lead to action against impunity for perpetrators & preventive action within armies & militias. It is ten years since I fist proposed heroic Mukwege for Nobel Prize.”