Dr. Denis Mukwege is a gynecologist and human rights activist. He was born in 1955 in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Dr. Mukwege was awarded the 2018 Peace Nobel Prize due to his years of efforts to treat the victims of sexual violence and campaign against use of sexual violence as weapon in armed conflicts.

 

In 1999, he founded Panzi Hospital. Since then he has treated thousands of women who were raped by armed fighters during the second Congo War. The hospital became a refuge for tens of thousands of sexual violence victims. Panzi Hospital was providing psychological supports, legal assistance and medical facilities. After so many years of work, Dr. Mukwege become the world’s popular expert on treating wounds of sexual violence.

His campaigns to end “use of rape as a weapon of war” and years of medical services to the victims attracted the attention of the UN and human rights organizations across the world and he became a prominent human right activist.

He has received several honorary doctorate degrees from various prestigious universities in Sweden, Belgium, USA, Scotland and France. He has also received

28 international awards including the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize with Nadia Murad for his “efforts to end the use of sexual violence as weapon of war and

armed conflict”.

For more info, please visit Peace Museum Vienna Newsletter: http://www.peacemuseumvienna.com/4126-2/

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