Keynote Speaker

Dr Denis Mukwege

Dr Mugwege studied medicine and specialised in obstetrics and gynecology in France. He holds a doctorate degree (PhD) in medical sciences from the Université Libre de Bruxelles where he is a Professor.
For over 20 years, Dr. Mukwege has been treating survivors of sexual violence and women with severe gynecological problems at the Panzi Hospital, which he founded in 1999. The Hospital and Panzi Foundation are renowned for their pioneering work in specialized responses to sexual gender-based violence, and their work in advocating for the rights and empowerment of Congolese women.
Dr Mukwege is an outspoken advocate for the rights of survivors of sexual violence. He co-presides over the Global Survivors’ Fund, which he co-founded in 2019. He also serves on the Scientific Council of the World Health Organisation.
His action and dedication have been recognised worldwide with various awards among which the United Nations Human Rights Prize (2008), the Sakharov Prize (2014) and the Nobel Peace Prize (2018) as well as honorary degrees from several Universities.