The Norwegian Nobel Committee has awarded Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad with the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize for their contribution and work against sexual violence and rape.
Among 331 nominations from all over the world, this year’s Nobel Peace Laureates have been announced, and they are fighters for the most common and most troublesome problem all around the world – violence against women. The announcement of the winners of Nobel Peace Prize is one of the best guarded secrets and even the laureates often only find out in the minutes before their name is publicly announced. So this year, the honours are jointly shared by Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad who have worked separately but with the same motto of ending sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.
Denis Mukwege, a gynaecologist and surgeon from Congo has fought violence against women by treating thousands of victims of sexual violence and rape in his country since 20 years. He is popularly known as the “man who mends women”. While Nadia Murad is a Yazidi woman from the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar, who was is a survivor against one of the most dangerous condition of being a sex slave by ISIS for years. After escaping, Murad was awarded as the UN goodwill ambassador or the dignity of survivors of human trafficking and is actively working for welfare of victims of such violence, especially in the war-torn regions.
In the history of Nobel Peace Prizes, 23-year-old Murad has now become the 17th woman as well as the second youngest Peace laureate after Malala Yousafzai. Shortly after the winners were announced, last year’s winner The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) congratulated both Mukwege and Murad, and said that “nothing can prepare you for the rush”, because after winning the prize, it is ” going to be a wild ride”.