‘World must protect victims of wartime sexual violence’

Nobel laureates Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad called on the world to protect victims of wartime sexual violence in their Peace Prize acceptance speeches on Monday, slamming indifference to the plight of women and children in conflict. Congolese gynecologist Mukwege, whose work has made him a global expert on rape in conflict, and Yazidi activist Murad, a survivor of IS sexual slavery, both said victims were sometimes valued less than commercial interests. In an emotional ceremony, which saw the laureates being cheered and given standing ovations, Mr. Mukwege and Ms. Murad called on the world to do more. “If there is a war to be waged, it is the war against the indifference which is eating away at our societies,” Mr. Mukwege said. His Panzi hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s war-torn east has treated the wounds of tens of thousands of women and children for sexual assaults that have become a “new reality” in the country. Ms. Murad, in her speech, implored the global community to help free hundreds of women and girls still held by jihadists, saying the world must protect her people and other vulnerable communities. “It is my view that all victims deserve a safe haven until justice is done for them,” she said, pausing briefly, seemingly overcome with emotion.

Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-life/world-must-protect-victims-of-wartime-sexual-violence/article25714099.ece

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