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Date: Nov 20, 2019

Rape as a weapon of war Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Denis Mukwege speaks at the University of Bonn

As part of the "University of Bonn meets..." events series, the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner Denis Mukwege will speak on Tuesday, November 26 at 6 p.m. in Lecture Hall I in the University's main building on the subject of "Rape as a weapon of war and models for welfare". The Congolese doctor and human rights activist is committed to the health and rights of women in the Congo. In the Panzi Hospital he founded, he treats girls and women who have been brutally raped.

The event will take place in Lecture Hall I and there will be a live broadcast in Lecture Hall 10. The media are cordially invited to attend. The lecture will be held in French and translated into English.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, sexualized violence against women is used as a weapon of war to destroy the social cohesion of family and society. Violence is driven by the struggle for the use of raw materials in the manufacture of mobile phones and batteries.

Denis Mukwege (born 1955) is founder of and chief surgeon at the Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, Congo, where survivors of sexual violence have been treated since 1999. The gynecologist and human rights activist and his team medically treat women and girls and crucially also help them to overcome their psychological traumas and find their way back into everyday life. However, "complete healing is only possible if people experience justice," says Denis Mukwege.

Together with the Iraqi Nadia Murad, Mukwege was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018. "For their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict," says the Norwegian Nobel Committee, which is responsible for awarding the prize.

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