Nobel peace prize goes to campaigners against sexual violence

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Gynaecologist Denis Mukwege and Yazidi campaigner Nadia Murad are jointly awarded

Two leaders of the struggle against sexual violence in war have won this year’s Nobel peace prize, a choice that will hearten campaigners fighting for greater recognition of a grave but long-neglected problem, and may also bring hope to victims worldwide that their suffering has at last been recognised.

The Norwegian Nobel committee said on Friday that Denis Mukwege, a doctor in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Nadia Murad, a 25-year-old Yazidi activist, had been awarded the prize “for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict”.

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