“Justice is everyone’s business” - Trust Fund for Victims congratulates Dr Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad on being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to end sexual violence in war.
The Trust Fund for Victims (TFV) at the International Criminal Court (ICC) welcomes today’s award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Dr Mukwege and Nadia Murad as a highly deserved accolade for their courage, tireless work and global advocacy in support of victim survivors of sexual violence in conflict.
It is a timely and most important sign that the international community cannot condone sexual violence in conflict - against women and girls, as well as men and boys. In the words of Dr Mukwege: “Justice is everyone’s business”.
The TFV has been proudly associated with the work of Dr Mukwege at Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo. From 2008 until 2017, the TFV in partnership with BEATIL-ALT has assisted victim survivors with medical referrals and psychological and socio-economic support services.
Addressing the harm suffered from sexual violence in conflict requires a comprehensive response to the medical, psychological and socio-economic conditions of victim survivors, for them to be able to overcome their harm, regain their dignity and contribute to peace and reconciliation within their families and communities.
Since 2008, the TFV, a non-judiciary institution of the Rome Statute, has supported the rights and needs of most vulnerable victims of international crimes under the jurisdiction of the ICC, with particular attention to the healing and empowering of victim survivors of sexual and gender-based crimes.