Please join the SF Bay Area Chapter of the US National Committee for UN Women for a special panel discussion on conflict minerals in the DRC. The discussion will take place at USF next Thursday as part of Congo Week.
The war in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is one of the bloodiest conflicts since World War II. Human rights violations are rampant in the conflict zones, including sexual violence, as opposing sides seek control of land and mines to feed the global demand for minerals. But what does the war in the DRC have to do with your cell phone or laptop?
More than you think.
The Congo is rich in the minerals that make electronics work, and the battle for the resources has left over five million
dead and 2 million displaced. These mineral resources are financing multiple armed groups, many of whom use mass rape as a deliberate strategy to intimidate and control local populations, thereby securing control of mines and trading routes. These conflict minerals are in all our electronics devices.
The event is free and open to all but please register at: https://conflictmineralscongoweek.eventbrite.com/