“for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.”
Murad was appointed as UN Goodwill Ambassador Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking by Co-chair Ban in 2016 during his tenure as Secretary-General of the UN for spreading the misery of refugee women and girls who are the victims of human trafficking. The Nobel Prize Committee said she had demonstrated “uncommon courage in recounting her own suffering.” She founded Nadia’s Initiative, an advocacy organisation working to protect the rights of women and minorities in Iraq, and wrote a memoir, The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State.
Congolese gynecologist Denis Mukwege is known as “Doctor Miracle” for his ability to repair through reconstructive surgery the horrific damage inflicted on women who have been raped. Mukwege establisehd Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, Congo nearly 20 years ago – shortly after he had his first experience of treating a woman who had been raped and mutilated by armed men. He, along with his colleagues, have since treated tens of thousands of victims. Panzi Hospital now cares for more than 3,500 women a year.
This year 12 new laureates have been awarded for achievements that have conferred the greatest benefit to humankind. Their work and discoveries range from cancer therapy and laser physics to developing proteins that can solve humankind’s chemical problems. The work of the 2018 Nobel Laureates also included combating war crimes, as well as integrating innovation and climate with economic growth.