The Power of Women: Nobel Peace Prize winner’s memoir

Book review: Stories of Congolese women, coming together to support each other

Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad pose on stage after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize 2018 at Oslo City Town Hall on December 10th, 2018. Photograph: Erik Valestrand/WireImage

Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad pose on stage after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize 2018 at Oslo City Town Hall on December 10th, 2018. Photograph: Erik Valestrand/WireImage

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) was labelled the “rape capital of the world” by a UN official, but Denis Mukwege’s new book is a call to re-examine that. “Congolese men were no more dangerous than their counterparts elsewhere in Africa or indeed in the west,” he writes.

Mukwege is a gynaecologist and director of Panzi Hospital in the eastern DRC. In 2018 he shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Yazidi activist Nadia Murad. The Power of Women: A Doctor’s Journey of Hope and Healing is the story of a life in medical care and activism; a history of one of the world’s most naturally rich yet troubled countries; and an examination of the prevalence of sexual violence worldwide.

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