We watched the Netflix documentary, “City of Joy” and learned that sexual violence has been used as a weapon of the armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo since 1996. Women in this region continue to be raped, mutilated and murdered for conflict minerals (Tantalum – aka Coltan, Tungsten, Tin, and Gold) that are used in our cell phones, electronics, cars, and jewelry.
City of Joy has been opened since 2011 and empowers the women who have been brutalized, to learn new skills, love their bodies, release the stigma of being raped, and become leaders in their communities. 1117 women have graduated the program since it began.
Moral to the Story: “The antidote to injustice is progress.” — Stacey Abrams
Let’s Get Educated:
- Learn about City of Joy
- Donate to City of Joy
- Learn about conflict minerals
- Do your electronics brands use a conflict free supply chain?
What can you do? Watch the movie, donate, tell others that this is still happening, find out if your phone and electronics companies are using conflict minerals. If they are, let them know you want no part of their products. Our dollars speak VOLUMES!
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