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.
BREAKING NEWS: The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2018 to Denis Mukwege… https://t.co/LgmmPtncCI— The Nobel Prize (@NobelPrize) 1538730037000
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.