Soroptimists congratulate Nobel Peace Prize winners, at annual conference

Over eleven hundred members of the world-wide women’s organisation, Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI) have come together for their annual conference, taking place in Liverpool from 25th to 27th October.

SIGBI has taken this opportunity to formally congratulate Dr Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad for receiving the Nobel Peace Prize for their campaign work against rape in warfare.

Ms Murad is an Iraqi Yazidi who was tortured and raped by Islamic State militants and later became the face of a campaign to free the Yazidi people.

Dr Mukwege is a Congolese gynaecologist who, along with his colleagues, has treated tens of thousands of victims.

The winners announced in the Norwegian capital Oslo earlier in the month, won the award for their “efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war”, Berit Reiss-Andersen, the Nobel committee chair, said. The pair both made a “crucial contribution to focusing attention on, and combating, such war crimes”, Ms Reiss-Andersen added.

SIGBI hope that this award brings greater recognition of a grave but long-neglected problem, and may also bring hope to victims worldwide that their suffering has at last been recognised.