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Strong Sign against Violence: Nobel Peace Prize 2018

Nobel Peace Price for Dr. Dennis Mukwege and Nadia Murad

Fotos: PINAULT/VOA [Public domain] (li.) und U.S. Department of State from United States [Public domain] (re)., via Wikimedia Commons

The Nobel Peace Prize this year goes to two human rights activists who are fighting against sexual violence in conflict. The Nobel Prize Committee honors Congolese gynecologist Dennis Mukwege and Iraqi Yazidi Nadia Murad. Courageously and with high, personal risk, both laureates are campaigning against war crimes, which are deliberately committed against women and girls.

Shocked by violence during the genocide in Rwanda and the Congo wars, Dr. Mukwege founded the Panzi-Hospital. For almost 20 years, he is treating women and girls in the gynecology department who were abused, raped and mutilated. Incessantly, Mukwege talks about the situation of the survivors. He demands that the global community takes effective steps against violence and holds the perpetrators of these crimes accountable. Such a breach of taboo is dangerous: In 2012, Dr. Mukwege barely escaped an attack on his life. In a first statement he dedicates the price "to women of all countries in the world, harmed by conflict and facing violence every day." (1)

One of these women is Nadia Murad, who during her captivity was subjected to rape, torture and enslavement by the Islamic State. After her escape, she came to Germany and has become a spokesperson against violence, which is directed specifically against Yazidi women and girls. In 2015, she spoke at the United Nations Security Council, calling for the investigation of such crimes. For the tremendous courage that is required to reveal her own experience and become the voice of all those who have fallen silent Nadia Murad is now awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.



Welcome to AMICA e.V.

The humanitarian aid organization AMICA e.V. supports women and girls in crisis regions and post-conflict areas. Our core responsibilities include psychosocial work with traumatized patients, the provision of medical assistance, legal advice, and aid in achieving livelihood security, and working towards equal opportunity, peace, and reconciliation for women.

AMICA e.V. was awarded the German UNIFEM Prize 2010 for  its long-standing and committed support for women in conflict regions, in particular in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo.

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For a Foreign Policy Based on Human Rights and Gender Equality

Need for action on the implementation of the agenda „Women, Peace and Security“. In January 2019, Germany will take up a non-permanent seat in the Security Council of the United Nations (UN) for a two-year period. Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas had agreed to make the issue of „Women, Peace and Security“ a priority of the policies he will represent during this period and to promote the issue actively in New York. In this regard, he expressly referred to the „close connection“ between “gender equality, the protection of human rights, sustainable development and the preservation of peace and security“.

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