Denis Mukwege, M.D.

Cindy Seip

Denis Mukwege, M.D. was awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize along with Yazidi human rights activist and sexual violence survivor Nadia Murad. In Europe, he was awarded the prestigious Sakharov human rights prize award. Born in the Belgian Congo, he is a world-renowned gynecological surgeon, recognized as the world’s leading expert on treating rape injuries. His holistic approach to healing has inspired other initiatives around the world. In The Power of Women: A Doctor’s Journey of Hope and Healing (Flatiron Books: An Oprah Book), Mukwege heralds a call to action to confront sexual violence, build more inclusive, gender-balanced societies, and develop what he calls “positive masculinity.” Sexual violence does not occur in a vacuum. The Power of Women explores why sexual violence is so often overlooked during war, and how governments need to recognize and compensate victims. Mukwege also stresses the importance of breaking down the taboos surrounding assault and the necessity of building a system that supports women who come forward, and hopes to inspire other men to speak out and join the struggle, rather than leaving women to fight the battle alone. Actor and activist Emma Watson called it the “book we all need to be paying attention to now.”