Photo: from the documentary The Man Who Mends Women


Dr Denis Mukwege visits Hiroshima with Peace Boat

Sep 29, 2019

Peace Boat is pleased that Dr Denis Mukwege, 2018 Nobel Peace Laureate* and gynecologist from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will visit Japan between October 2-8 as a part of his ongoing global campaign for “Peace, Justice and Women’s Rights.” Dr Mukwege will be hosted in Japan by the Association of Sexual Violence and Conflict in DRC (ASVCC), and Peace Boat is honored to coordinate his visit to Hiroshima with local partner organisation ANT-Hiroshima (Asian Network of Trust – Hiroshima) on October 5-6. His travel to Hiroshima is supported by the Niwano Peace Foundation.

Since this is his very first visit to Hiroshima, Peace Boat and ANT-Hiroshima sincerely hope that his visit to Peace Memorial Park and Museum, meeting with Hibakusha, and public lecture in the city will raise awareness about ongoing initiatives in Africa and globally to eradicate sexual violence as a weapon of war, in connection also with the goal of the eradication of nuclear weapons.

Dr Mukwege's schedule in Hiroshima:
1. Memorial Hall, Peace Park, Memorial Museum
Dr. Mukwege will meet with Hibakusha, and visit Peace Memorial Museum and Peace Memorial Park.

2. Lecture and Press Conference
Date/Time: Sun, Oct 6. 9:30 - 11:50 (Press conference following public lecture)
Venue: Memorial Hall, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Language: Japanese (consecutive interpretation from French)
Target Audience: Open to the general public (advance registration required)

Dr Denis Mukwege
Photo: from the documentary, "The man who mends women."

Related links:
Press release
Objectives of Dr. Mukwege's visit to Japan
Flyer for the lecture in Hiroshima (Japanese language)

For further information regarding Dr Mukwege's visit to Hiroshima please contact Rika Watanabe by email at

* Dr Mukwege and Iraqi human rights activist Nadia Murad were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018 for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war. This is the first time that the Nobel Peace Prize Committee ever awarded the Prize to those who have contributed to ending sexual violence in conflict zones, despite a lengthy global history of sexual violence in conflict zones.