Cordaid is delighted by the news that Nadia Murad and Dr Denis Mukwege have won the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to end sexual violence as a weapon of war. “This prize is extremely well- deserved”, says Cordaid CEO Kees Zevenbergen. “It encourages them in their courageous mission to stop sexual violence in war zones. And it inspires us to keep on supporting the worldwide mission against sexual violence.”
(August 2018. Dr Denis Mukwege and Kees Zevenbergen, Bukavu, DR Congo. © Cordaid)
Dr Denis Mukwege is a gynaecologist and founder of Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, South Kivu, in eastern DRCongo. For many years, he has been treating patients who are victims of sexual violence in DR Congo. He won the Sakharov Prize in 2014.
Mukwege, longtime Cordaid partner in South Kivu
Cordaid actively supports Dr. Mukwege and his fight against sexual violence against women. In the early 2000’s we worked with him in a health program as well as a program that countered sexual violence against women. Currently, we are collaborating with Dr. Mukwege and a number of gynaecologists from the Panzi Hospital, in our cervical cancer screening program.
There are a lot of people around the world like Dr. Mukwege and Nadia Murad. They all show incredible courage and commitment, in highly volatile and insecure settings. Wherever we can, we try to support them.
Kees Zevenbergen, Cordaid CEO
Support for Yazidi and other minorities in North Iraq
Cordaid does not directly work with the the Yazidi activist Nadia Murad. We have been providing primary health care for Yazidi and other displaced minorities and returnees in Iraq for the last 1.5 years. And the last months we have been paying extra attention to Mental Health and Psycho Social Support to the Yazidi who visit clinics supported by Cordaid. Many of them have faced horrendous sexual and other brutalities committed by ISIS.
Incredible courage and commitment
Cordaid CEO Kees Zevenbergen: “The Peace prize is a powerful signal of the importance of Dr Mukwege’s and Nadia Murad’s mission. It also stresses the urgency of the struggle against sexual violence in conflict. There are a lot of people around the world like Dr. Mukwege and Nadia Murad who are less high profile. They all show incredible courage and commitment to support women and men who are victims of sexual violence, in highly volatile and insecure settings. Wherever we can, we try to support them.”