Congolese doctor, Yazidi activist win Nobel Peace Prize for work to end sexual violence
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Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege and Yazidi activist Nadia Murad were awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Friday for their work to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war.

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“Both laureates have made a crucial contribution to focusing attention on, and combating, such war crimes,” the Norwegian Nobel Committee said in its citation.

Mukwege is the head of Panzi Hospital in eastern Congo which, since it's establishment in 1999, has treated thousands of victims of sexual violence.

The nation has been embroiled in violence for nearly two decades. Mukwege himself had armed militants attempt to kill him in 2012. 

Murad, 25, herself is a survivor of sexual assault after militants from Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) took her captive and raped her in 2014. Since that experience, Murad has been fighting to bring attention to violence against women and help victims.

At the age of 23, she was named the U.N.’s first Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking.

She is the second youngest person to win the award after Malala Yousafzai won at the age of 17 in 2014.

The awards comes notably amid the Me Too movement which has brought attention to sexual abuse of women in the workplace and socially. 

The winners were chosen among 216 nominees and 115 organizations.