EFAy congratulates Dr Denis Mukwege for receiving the esteemed Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought on 26 November.
Dr Mukwege’s work as gynaecologist founding the Panzi Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo is recognised as providing a much needed service and support to horribly treated women and girls. In the face of national unrest and war, Dr Mukwege took a stand to be able to develop the hospital’s treatment of women who were victims of sexual violence, HIV, or other physical and psychological trauma.
Next to his work for the hospital itself, Dr Mukwege has been vocal in his advocacy for the protection and better treatment of women and girls, to end the mass rape and other atrocities committed. He has received death threats and was the victim of an attack that killed one of his guards, and still he continues his plight. In his acceptance speech, Dr Mukwege said: “Together – politicians, civil society, citizens, men and women – we have to draw a red line against the use of rape as a weapon of war.”
EFAy welcomes the honour and recognition given to Dr Mukwege.