The Global Perspectives Initiative congratulates Congolese gynecologist Dr. Denis Mukwege on receiving the Nobel Peace Prize 2018. The human rights activist is specialized in the treatment of victims of sexual violence and has been advocating for women affected by sexual violence as a practicing physician for years.
In the Kivu region of war-torn eastern Congo, Mukwege established Panzi Hospital, where he has treated more than 50,000 rape victims since 1999. In addition to his humanitarian commitment, he is also politically engaged in the fight against sexual violence and publicly opposes the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war. He speaks up for the recognition of sexual violence and rape as a war crime.
In 2017, he was honored as a finalist of the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity for his great commitment and dedication. The Prize is awarded annually to modern-day heroes of humanity by our partner the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative.
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We also congratulate Iraqi human rights activist Nadia Murad on the Nobel Peace Prize 2018. As the voice of Yazidi women, she relentlessly fights against their enslavement by the terrorist militia IS. She herself survived a three-month IS captivity. As UNODC Goodwill Ambassador, she publicizes her stories about the torments of IS victims. Always by her side: human rights lawyer Amal Clooney. Together with her husband, actor, and co-chair of the Aurora Prize Selection Committee George Clooney, she also supports the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity.