Sexual violence is the first crime and the second crime is the silence that follows. Silence is an enemy of the victims of sexual violence. Silence makes it possible for crimes to be repeated, says Alfredo Zamudio, director for the Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue.
Sexualized violence is a lonely fight for the victims. The Nobel Peace Prize to Deniz Mukwege and Nadia Murad will inspire many victims and let them know that they are not alone and that these crimes are not acceptable.
The Nobel Peace Prize 2018 sheds light on a difficult topic, and one consequence is that it reminds governments of their responsibilities to protect women from these crimes, says Zamudio.
Women in many countries will feel that this prize is for them. The Nobel Peace Prize 2018 is a voice that demands an end to their suffering.
– Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad are worthy winners of the Nobel Peace Prize and we send them our warmest congratulations. We are profoundly impressed by their work and we admire what they do. This prize will save lives, as it will inspire millions of people to continue their efforts against sexualized violence, says Alfredo Zamudio.
The Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue brings people together in many conflict zones. To speak of sexual violence requires courage and requires safe spaces for dialogue. We encourage Norway to provide more support to dialogue and reconciliation, as peace agreements may put an end to conflicts, but it is also a beginning to a painful and slow road that takes time. Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad represents the need for such courageous and patient work.