“The Sakharov prize – named after famous Soviet scientist and dissident Andrei Sakharov – is awarded each year for the promotion of human rights and democracy around the world.” http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-29717994
This year, Congo’s own Denis Mukwege was awarded the prestigious Sakharov prize for aiding thousands of rape victims in the DRC. The 59-year old doctor founded a hospital in the eastern DRC in 1999 to treat victims of sexual violence. He has served over 30,000 rape survivors and currently treats ten cases a day.
Sexual violence is a devasting issue in the Congo and presenting Dr. Mukwege with the coveted award sends a real message about fighting against rape and standing up for women in the Congo. Terrifingly, Dr. Mukwege even endured an assasination attempt for his outspoken advocacy for women and against sexual violence.
Dr. Denis Mukwege will receive 50,000 euros and will be celebrated throughout Europe, the Congo and the world for his incredible human rights efforts that have helped so many Congolese women and families.
Nelson Mandela was the first person awarded the European Parliament Sakharov Prize in 1988.