Please join us for a conversation with Dr. Denis Mukwege. Dr. Mukwege will share stories of suffering and strength that awaken us to the plight of hundreds of thousands of survivors still threatened by mass atrocities and violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The event also presents a historic opportunity to hear from a Nobel Prize nominee on the same day the Nobel Prize award will be announced to the world.
About Dr. Mukwege
Dr. Denis Mukwege is the founder and medical director of the Panzi Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The hospital has become renowned worldwide for its compassionate and innovative treatment of survivors of sexual violence and women who have suffered extreme injuries as a result of brutal rape in Congo. A tireless advocate for the rights of women in DRC, Dr. Mukwege has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades, including the UN Human Rights Prize, the Clinton Global Citizen Award and nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize. He has addressed the United Nations General Assembly and regularly travels abroad raising awareness of the situation in eastern Congo, though this is his first appearance in Los Angeles.
Awards and Accolades
2007 – Republic of France Special Human Rights Prize
2008 – UN Human Rights Prize
2009 – Olof Palme Prize
2009 – African of the Year
2009 – Nobel Peace Prize (nominated)
2010 – Honorary doctorate in medicine at Umea University in Sweden
2010 – University of Michigan Raoul Wallenberg Medal
2011 – King Baudouin International Development Prize