Technology Fuels Sexual Violence in the Congo

Those faulty smartphones we love so damn much, along with computers and social networking media, contribute to the “highest rates of sexual violence in the world in a place called the Congo,” according to this Huffington Post article by actor Javier Bardem and John Prenderghast, co-founder of the Enough Project and author of Unlikely Brothers. To explain the situation, they made the above video.

We’re guessing that you, too, had no idea. We’re also guessing that like us, you want to do something about it. You can start by signing this petition to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. As Bardem and Prenderghast explain, “The petition calls on Secretary Clinton to lead a process that removes conflict minerals from the supply chains of our electronics products, much like the system that removed blood diamonds from our jewelry and sweatshops from our clothing.

How can we enjoy our cool little gadgets when women are being harmed because of them?


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