Campaigners against sexual violence receive Peace Prize

December 10, 2018

PAX congratulates Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad for being awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.

Today, as the Nobel Committee presents this year’s Peace Prize to these two impressive and courageous people, we applaud the powerful message condemning sexual violence and violence against women as a weapon of war.

PAX’s General Director Jan Gruiters says, “This year’s award is recognition and support for all women who are victims of sexual violence and who around the world stand up for their rights and for peace. The award is also a call to bring the perpetrators of sexual violence as a weapon of war to justice and to try them for war crimes.”

Dennis Mukwege has always emphasized that contributing to peace is a right and a task for everyone. Nadia Murad symbolizes the dignity and courage of victims of sexual violence who stand up for a peaceful and inclusive society in which the rights and dignity of women and minorities are guaranteed.

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), with PAX as one of its driving forces, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017. We wish Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad an unforgettable day and success in all their endeavours. 

See also Gender, Peace and Security, Nuclear Weapons

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