Earlier this week the Nobel Prize Awards were celebrated across the world, with two winners absent.
The absent winners had won the Nobel Peace Prize 2018 for their outstanding effort to combat sexual violence as a weapon of war.
This joint prize went to Denis Mukwege, by trade a gynaecologist in the Congo, aiding thousands of rape victims in a country which has put his own safety at risk on multiple occasions.
Nadia Murad is also congratulated as a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for her work against sex trafficking. As a young Iraqi Yazidi, Nadia was sold into sex slavery by ISIS, now using her experience to raise awareness to the global population and her triumph’s have earned her and deserve our full respect and congratulations.
Sharing this sentiment, figures from around the world have shared their delight. Previous Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai gave her congratulations to the joint winners, as well as heads of Nato, the Iraqi Government and German Chancellor, Angela Merkel.
The Nobel Prize committee commented, it was the risk to their personal security and their effort at “courageously combating war crimes and securing justice for victims” as well as “[helping] to give greater visibility to war-time sexual violence” that made Nadia and Denis an outstanding representatives of humanitarian aid workers and clear winners.
This award will not only celebrate their win but also inspire further work in the sector, continuing the fight to end sexual violence.