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Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Denis Mukwege, ISIS survivor Nadia Murad for fighting sexual violence

Murad is one of an estimated 3,000 Yazidi girls and women who were victims of rape and other abuses by the IS army.

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Updated: Oct 05, 2018, 04.28 PM IST
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The 2018 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict. The Foundation while announcing the winner in a tweet, lauded the duo's efforts for controlling violence through sexual assault.


Mukwege is the helper who has devoted his life to defending victims of war-time sexual violence. Fellow laureate Nadia Murad is the witness who tells of the abuses perpetrated against herself and others. Murad 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

This year the field of possibilities facing the five members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee was pretty wide, with 331 individuals and organisations proposed for the prestigious prize.

The Nobel Peace Prize 2017 was awarded to International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) "for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons."

The prizes for achievements in science, literature and peace were created in accordance with the will of dynamite inventor and businessman Alfred Nobel and have been awarded since 1901.

The Nobel Prize for literature prize was not announced this year after the awarding body was hit by a sexual misconduct scandal.

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Swedish chemist, engineer and philanthropist Alfred Bernhard Nobel believed people can improve the society with knowledge, science and humanism. Nobel Prize, part of the scientist's will, has been in existence since 1895. The award is presented for exceptional work in the fields of physics, chemistry, physiology/medicine, literature, peace and economic sciences. After a #MeToo scandal, this year's Literature Prize was scrapped for the first time in 70 years. Here's a look at the Nobel laureates of 2018.
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