Giving it up today for the Nobel Peace Prize winners this year for bringing the struggle of millions of women to the forefront.
For as long as there have been humans, male and female, sexual violence has played a role in every kind of situation. The powerful male has always taken advantage of the ‘weaker’ female. Most of the time, the political or societal power structure either encourages this or at least allows it.
It’s an age old story and as recently evidenced during the Kavanaugh hearings in the United States, there are many people who do not want to talk about it anymore. To them this is not the kind of thing that happens anymore and need no longer be addressed.
But the painful truth is that women are still dealing with this struggle today. Subtly in some societies but awfully blatant in others.
And in this light, I congratulate the two amazing recipients of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize; Dr. Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad who were presented with the prize for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.
Dr. Denis Mukwege is a gynecologist who, at risk of losing his life, stood up for women attacked and raped by armed rebels in his native Democratic Republic of Congo
Nadia Murad, is an Iraqi Yazidi human rights activist who personally experienced being kidnapped and held as a sex slave by the Islamic State in 2014 at the age of 19. She founded “Nadia’s Initiative“, an organization dedicated to “helping women and children victimized by genocide, mass atrocities and human trafficking to heal and rebuild their lives and communities”.