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Nobel Peace Prize winners Nadia Murad, Denis Mukwege spotlight worldwide battle towards sexual violence

This 12 months’s Nobel Peace Prize went to 2 champions of ladies who’re combating sexual violence all over the world. However their work additionally exhibits that rather more nonetheless must be performed.

One recipient is Yazidi activist Nadia Murad, who was held captive and raped by ISIS militants. The opposite recipient is Dr. Denis Mukwege, a health care provider who has handled greater than 50,000 victims of rape at Panzi Hospital within the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

CBS Information international correspondent Debora Patta stated Mukwege has handled 2,000 victims this 12 months alone, signifying an increase in violence within the area. Conflicts lasting for many years have made it troublesome for perpetrators to be delivered to justice.

“I feel what you want within the DRC, and one of many issues that Dr. Denis Mukwege’s been so outspoken about is circumstances have to be set for peace,” Patta stated.

Yazidi survivor Nadia Murad and Dr. Denis Mukwege.


An election in December may assist sign a brand new period within the nation, however Patta stated there’s concern Congo may spiral into one other civil warfare.

A shift in mindset about sexual violence is essential to combating it. Now, Patta stated, ladies in Congo are victimized twice: First by rape, and once more after they’re remoted from their very own communities.

In 2008, “60 Minutes” interviewed victims of sexual violence in Congo. One lady was gang raped and her brother stabbed to demise. After escaping from her captors, she found she was pregnant, prompting her husband to depart her.

“Dr. Denis Mukwege says on the very least … these perpetrators have to apologize to those ladies, to know that what they did was fallacious. What they did to those ladies shouldn’t be allowed, and that’s the reason he has turn out to be this outspoken critic, not solely of the federal government however certainly for the entire world towards sexual violence as a part of conflicts,” Patta stated.

The #MeToo motion within the U.S. might also encourage change throughout the globe. In an interview with BBC Information, Mukwege stated he thinks it is vital as a result of “the important thing to struggle towards sexual violence is to interrupt silence.”

“When you have a look at the #MeToo motion, it brought on a seismic change as a result of not solely did ladies begin to be believed as they advised their horrific tales, highly effective males began falling. Males began to be held accountable, and that has not been the case within the Democratic Republic of Congo,” Patta stated.

The influence of listening to victims is already being felt. Talking to an interviewer from the Nobel group, Mukwege stated he may “see within the faces of many ladies how they’re completely satisfied to be acknowledged.”

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