In that sense, the 2018 decision to recognize two people - Congolese surgeon Denis Mukwege and Yazidi campaigner Nadia Murad - for their efforts to end sexual violence as a weapon of war could not have been more apt, or better timed.
Nadia Murad is just one of an estimated 3,000 Yazidi girls and women who were victims of rape and other abuses by the IS army.
Murad said: "He could crush me with his bare hands".
Mukwege and Murad have always been contenders for the prize, awarded in a year when women have raised their voices against sexual harassment and assault as the so-called MeToo movement swept the world.
Mukwege founded a hospital in eastern Congo's city of Bukavu and has treated thousands of victims of sexual violence.
The 25-year-old Murad, her thin, pale face framed by her long brown hair, becomes the first Iraqi to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
Mukwege dedicated the award to all survivors of sexual violence around the world and said, "To the survivors from all over the world, I would like to tell you that through this prize, the world is listening to you and refusing to remain indifferent".
Murad has now become a global voice, campaigning for justice for her people and for the acts committed by the jihadists to be recognised internationally as genocide. USAID chief Mark Green tweeted that Murad and Mukwege were heroes, in a world torn apart by armed conflict, who "inspire us to answer the moral imperative to protect children".
During an ISIS assault on her hometown in northern Iraq, Murad's mother and six of her brothers were killed. The abuses were systematic, and part of a military strategy. "Dr. Mukwege brings smiles and helps fix women from the barbaric acts of men in Congo", she said.
From Canada's Parliament to Germany and refugee camps in Greece, Bombach followed Murad for three months in 2016 on her long and hard journey to tell the world what her community and she herself suffered as a sex slave of IS, also known by its Arabic acronym Daesh.
Ms. Brown recalls the first time she met Nadia. She is a survivor of human trafficking and is also the goodwill ambassador of United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime or UNODC. Thus they served as a weapon in the fight against Yazidis and other religious minorities. IS, adopting a radical interpretation of ancient Islamic texts, declared that Yazidi women and even young girls could be taken as sex slaves.
There will be some who say other worthy causes and candidates have been overlooked, but the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize has captured a moment in history.
And on Wednesday, US scientists Frances Arnold and George Smith and British researcher Gregory Winter won the Chemistry Prize for applying the principles of evolution to develop proteins used to make everything from biofuels to medicine.
The man at the center of the Swedish Academy scandal, Jean-Claude Arnault, a major cultural figure in Sweden, was sentenced Monday to two years in prison for rape.