MEP praises courage of Nobel Peace Prize winners

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MEP Margot Parker has praised the outstanding courage of Nobel Peace Prize winners Dr Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad.

The East Midlands MEP, who sits on the FEMM committee in the European Parliament said the award, announced today was fully deserved.

Dr Mukwege has devoted his life to defending victims of war-time sexual violence while Ms Murad, who is Yazidi, has bravely told of the sexual abuse she and others suffered at the hands of IS.

Both have spoken out and campaigned against the use of sexual violence against women as a weapon of war.

Mrs Parker said:

"The courage of Ms Murad is admirable. She is one of the thousands of Yazidi girls and women sexually abused by IS fighters.

"Her bravery in speaking out and campaigning against this abhorrent behaviour knows no bounds.

"This award for both Ms Murad and Dr Mukwege who also shown astonishing courage in speaking out against the horrors of abuse and treating thousands of patients who have been violated in the Democratic Republic of Congo has now rightly been recognised by the international community.

"Like others, I have nothing but respect for these campaigners who have made their mark in striving to make the world a better place."