19 October 2018

Africa: Selfless Sacrifice for Women's Dignity and Rights - Worthy Recipients of the 2018 Nobel Prize for Peace

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Nadia Murad Basee Taha and Denis Mukwege are this year's winners of the Nobel Peace Prize. We certainly would like to add our voice to the chorus of women and men, especially those who are engaged in the struggle against violence against women and children, across the globe who have sung the praises of these two activists.

As our country and the world come out to hold perpetrators of violence against women and children accountable, the models that Murad and Mukwege serve as well as their receiving of this illustrious prize indicates a groundswell in support of challenging and changing the patriarchal paradigm.

Nadia Murad, a Yazidi, is a human rights activist and survivor of sexual slavery by the Islamic State. Yazidis are a Kurdish religious minority in northern modern-day Iraq. In particular, Murad is a champion for the...

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