2018 Nobel Peace Prize Spotlights Fight Against Sexual Violence

2018 Nobel Peace Prize Spotlights Fight Against Sexual Violence


The Norwegian Nobel Committee has awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.

Nadia Murad is the Yazidi woman who was taken as a sex slave by ISIS in Iraq in 2014. She escaped and has since become a human rights activist.

Denis Mukwege is the world-renowned Congolese surgeon has become a savior for victims of sexual violence in his war-torn country.

Denis Mukwege’s basic principle is that ‘justice is everyone’s business. The 2018 Peace Laureate is the foremost, most unifying symbol, both nationally and internationally, of the struggle to end sexual violence in war and armed conflicts, says a tweet by the Nobel Committee.


The 2017 Peace Prize went to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.

The group warned the attention could be overwhelming and encouraged Mukwege and Murad to call in reinforcements for support. ICAN explained they will be inundated with invitations and offers but gently reminded them that ‘you don’t have to accept all of them.’

Shortly after Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad were named as the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize laureates, last year’s recipients — the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) — offered up some advice about the days and year ahead, saying that ‘nothing can prepare you for the rush.’

In a post on Facebook, ICAN started off their list of things to know with a useful tip — take a second and ‘breathe.’

‘This is going to be a wild ride. Everything will happen at once, but don’t try to do it all at once,’ ICAN wrote.

ICAN described the experience of winning the prize as ‘weird and wonderful’, suggested this year’s winners take a moment to celebrate before getting back to business.

Lastly, ICAN offered up a piece of practical advice telling the winners to avoid speaking of their shock at being honored in interviews because ‘that’s all they’re going to show.’

ICAN ended its post, ‘Of course, you knew your work was worthy. It’s why you do it. Congratulations’

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