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The hidden weapon of war

04 May 2017 18.00–21.30

Sexual assault is consciously used as a weapon in war, and the perpetrators usually walk free. To speak of these matters has become a taboo in many countries, but some are breaking the silence to tell their story.

On Thursday 4 May, you can hear some of these brave people at the Nobel Peace Center. In cooperation with Norwegian Church Aid, we invite you to a a conversation, debate and movie night.

18:00 conversation (in english):

Dr. Denis Mukwege, the doctor from Congo, who received a series of prizes for his work to help women and children raped in war.

Ilwad Elman, the 26-year-old activist who moved back to Mogadishu from Canada, to continue his father’s work to help survivors of rape, after his father was killed.

Mustafa Qasim, who works for Norwegian Church Aid and provides psychosocial and psychic healthcare to women, girls and children who were rescued from ISIS.

Saja Michael, from Lebanon, who works with preventing and protecting women and girls, primarily refugees from Syria.

18:45 debate (In norwegian):

After the converstation there will be a panel discussion with young, Norwegian politicians, where the theme is how soldiers can be held accountable, and what Norway can do to contribute.


The night will end with a screening of the award-winning Belgian documentary film about Dr. Denis Mukwege: “The Man Who Mends Women”.

Our café will be open for refreshments during the event.


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