Today, I met with Pope Francis to share my vision for a world where rape is no longer used as a weapon of war. Thank you, @franciscus for the opportunity to share the stories of survivors of sexual violence in conflict from across the globe and advocate for support in our quest for peace.
Today, I am thrilled to join @how.to.academy and NY Times Live for a conversation with my friend and colleague in the fight against sexual violence in conflict, @emmawatson. You can follow our discussion on Twitter via the How To: Academy's handle. Thank you to all joined us, and to our partners for providing us with such an excellent opportunity to discuss our mutual passion for peace and equality.
Victims not only have the right to quality care but also to truth and justice. Indeed, the healing process for survivors of sexual violence isn’t complete until they receive justice. Les victimes ont non seulement droit à des soins de qualités mais aussi à la vérité et à la justice. Le processus de guérison des survivantes n’est complet que quand la justice est rendue.
In the days before Congo’s elections, President Joseph Kabila’s forces have brazenly attacked and killed peaceful opposition supporters. He must resign. Please read my message on Congo's election delays in the New York Times via the link above.
J'accepte ce prix #Nobel de la Paix au nom du peuple #Congolais et le dédie à toutes les victimes de violences sexuelles à travers le monde. Nous devons ensemble saisir cette opportunité pour tracer une ligne rouge contre l'usage des violences sexuelles comme arme de guerre. C’est une question qu’on ne doit plus ignorer et j’encourage les avocats à continuer d’attirer l’attention sur la nécessité de mettre fin à l’impunité. En particulier, le rapport du Haut-Commissariat sur les droits de l'homme UN Human Rights, une enquête professionnelle sur les crimes de guerre et les violations des droits de l'homme perpétrés au #Congo est actuellement en train de moisir dans un bureau de #ONU à New York. Avec ce Prix Nobel de la Paix, j'appelle le monde à témoigner et vous invite à vous joindre à nous pour mettre fin à cette souffrance qui fait honte à notre humanité commune. Agir, c’est dire «non» à l’indifférence. -- I accept the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize in the name of the Congolese people and dedicate it to all victims of sexual violence across the world. Together, we must use this recognition as an opportunity to draw a red line against sexual violence as a weapon of war. This is an issue which cannot be ignored, and I encourage advocates to continue to draw attention to the need to end impunity. In particular, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Mapping Report, a professional investigation into war crimes and human rights violations perpetrated in Congo, is currently gathering mold in an office drawer in New York. What is the world waiting for before taking this into account? With this Nobel Peace Prize, I call on the world to be a witness and I urge you to join us in order to put an end to this suffering that shames our common humanity. Taking action means saying ‘no’ to indifference.” The full text of my address to the Nobel committee can be found in the link above. Photo © : Nobel Media, Jo Straube
I am grateful to be in Oslo this week with Ms. Nadia Murad to accept the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize and I am humbled by the many members of the Congolese community and friends of the Panzi family who have traveled here from across the globe join our quest to end impunity. I encourage you to follow the official awards ceremony online using the link above and on our social media channels. Together, we can draw unprecedented attention to and a red line against the use of rape as a weapon of war. Live updates will also be provided in English by the @mukwegefoundation and @panziusa and in French by Panzi Foundation DRC on their social media accounts. Thank you for joining our movement.
#Repost @mukwegefoundation ・・・ In Iraq, Dr Denis Mukwege shares his unique expertise in the treatment of wartime sexual violence with local experts. Together with Yazda, we work to share the lessons learned in Congo and provide holistic care for victims of the "Islamic State". ISIS has used sexual slavery, rape and other forms of large-scale and systematic sexual violence to terrorize the Yazidi people. Now that the region is liberated and families return, the victims need very specific care. In camps near Dohuk in Northern Iraq, Dr Mukwege met with survivors. The team spoke to a father whose wife and children were kidnapped several years ago. While ISIS allowed him to buy back his two children but then refused selling his wife. So many people are desperately trying to get information on the whereabouts of their sisters, mothers, wives and children. Those who return are traumatized. Yazidi activist Farida Khalaf, who was held a sex slave herself, accompanies Dr Mukwege and held an inspiring talk with a group of survivors, emphasizing that by speaking out things can really change. That this is the only way to beat ISIS. #iraq #dohuk #stopisis #yazidi #hope #healing #care #women #survivors #congo #solidarity #solidarityispower #endrape #forhumanity @yazda.sweden @drdenismukwege
President Kabila claims there is no money for elections. Instead, he paid $5.6 million to lobbyists that want to persuade American lawmakers and the American people of his virtue. With $5.6 MILLION, we could fund 25 health centers and heal hundreds of thousands of Congolese.
"The right to search for truth implies also a duty; one must not conceal any part of what one has recognized to be true." -- Albert Einstein #photoswithalbert
With Fartuun Adan of Somalia. 📸: Tony Gambino, Executive Director #gratitudeinaction #PanziFoundation #FemmeForte #PanziStrong #DRC
My statement on the Refugee crisis, from September 2015 on the refugee and migrant crisis facing Africa, the Middle East, and Europe: “Those fleeing instability, insecurity, violence, or war would not be making those dangerous crossings if they knew they could build their dreams in their home countries. It is imperative for leaders and civil society to work together to help improve the quality of life, and our relationships with other nations.”
"The time is now, to stand in solidarity with women, for women." #HumanRightsDay
Le sang des Congolais doit cesser de couler. Rien ne saurait justifier de pareilles cruautés qui passent dans l’actualité comme de simples faits divers. Chaque vie compte. -- Mai 2016 #JeSuisBeni #RDC