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The Nobel Prize awarded a woman and a man known for their contribution against sexual violence

Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad have each won the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize for their role to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war in armed conflict.

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.

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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.”

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