Nobel Peace Prize win can help eradicate scourge of sexual violence: UN

5 October 2018

For Pramila Patten, UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Friday was a particularly good day.

Despite being in a role where hearing distressing and traumatic testimony from victims of sexual violence is an essential part of the job, Ms. Patten was able to celebrate Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege jointly winning the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, highlighting the horrors of rape in war.

Ms. Murad, an Iraqi Yazidi activist and survivor of sex trafficking by ISIL or Daesh terrorists, was appointed the first Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking, within the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in 2016.

Denis Mukwege - a gynaecologist who founded a hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), offering free medical care to victims of sexual abuse and violence - gained international recognition for his work, and was awarded the UN Prize in the Field of Human Rights in 2008.

The  Nobel award has put the issue of sexual violence in conflict, back on to the front pages. But what difference will it make in the longer-term?

Conor Lennon from UN News put this question to Ms. Patten, but began by asking her what she felt when she first heard the news early on Friday.

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