One of the winners of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize says the attention the prize has drawn to sexual violence against women in war zones must be followed by action against the abuses.

Dr. Denis Mukwege, left, is welcomed by director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute Olav Njolstad on his arrival at Oslo Airport in Gardermoen, Norway, Saturday, Dec. (Hakon Mosvold Larsen/NTB scanpix via AP)
Dr. Denis Mukwege, left, is welcomed by director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute Olav Njolstad on his arrival at Oslo Airport in Gardermoen, Norway, Saturday, Dec. (Hakon Mosvold Larsen/NTB scanpix via AP)

Dr. Denis Mukwege spoke Sunday at a news conference with Nadia Murad of Iraq, with whom he shared the 9-million Swedish kronor ($1 million) prize. Mukwege was honored for his work helping sexually abused women at the hospital he founded in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Murad, a Yazidi, won for her advocacy for sex abuse victims after being kidnapped and raped by Islamic State militants.

Nobel peace price laureates Nadia Murad, left, and Dr. Denis Mukwege look on during the press conference at the Nobelinstituttet in Oslo, Sunday Dec. (Heiko Junge/NTB scanpix via AP)
Nobel peace price laureates Nadia Murad, left, and Dr. Denis Mukwege look on during the press conference at the Nobelinstituttet in Oslo, Sunday Dec. (Heiko Junge/NTB scanpix via AP)

Mukwege says “what we see during armed conflicts is that women’s bodies become battlefields and this cannot be acceptable during our time.” He says “we cannot only denounce it, we now need to act.”

Source: The Associated Press