dr. Denis Mukwege

Laureate Freedom from Want Award 2016

dr. Denis Mukwege Laureate Freedom from Want Award 2016

The award for dr. Denis Mukwege is motivated by his enormous and unremitting dedication to help and protect survivors of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). In 1999 he founded Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, which not only treats survivors with physical wounds but also provides legal, and psycho-social services to its patients in order to help them reintegrate in society and start a new life. In DRC and internationally he speaks up for the protection of the rights of women in conflict. He works tirelessly to raise awareness about the extreme violence in DRC and to bring those responsible for rape and gender violence to justice.