Nobel Prize Peace winners 2018
October 5, 2018 - Denis Mukwege, a doctor treating victims of sexual violence in D.R. Congo, and Nadia Murad, a Yazidi human rights activist and survivor of sexual slavery by Islamic State in Iraq, have won the Nobel Peace Prize “for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict”.
Mukwege has treated thousands of women in Congo, many of whom were victims of gang rape. Armed men tried to kill him in 2012, forcing him to temporarily leave the country.
Murad is one of an estimated 3,000 Yazidi girls and women who were victims of rape and other abuses by the IS army. She managed to escape after three months and chose to speak about her experiences. At the age of 23, she was named the U.N.'s first Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking.
The 2018 prize is worth 9 million Swedish kronor ($1.01 million).