For just the price of a 2nd class stamp, join our urgent campaign to end sexual violence in DR Congo:
All of us who work and volunteer within the Rape Crisis movement are intimately connected to the ongoing war in DR Congo. Not only are many of us working with Congolese women in our Centres who are suffering the effects of rape and torture but we also know that this conflict has left over a million rape survivors. Only tackling the root causes of the armed conflict will be effective to reduce sexual violence. This is the biggest war in history, which has killed over 6 million Congolese, created terrible poverty and millions of refugees, as well as generating horrific levels of sexual violence. Bradford Congo Campaign has produced a postcard so your vital action will only take 5 minutes and cost just the price of a 2nd class stamp. If you prefer to write something fuller to the Foreign Secretary, BCC has also written a template letter. Our postcards and letters must arrive before 17th June 2013.
We are writing now because the UK has Presidency of the G8 this year and because of the publicity surrounding William Hague's visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo with Angelina Jolie in the lead up to the G8 Foreign Minister's Declaration on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict, adopted in London on 11th April 2013.
Sexual violence on the scale we see in the DR Congo is a direct result of the armed conflict. Sexual violence is used as a weapon of war particularly against Congolese women and also inflicted on children and men. The consecutive armed conflicts that are fought in the DR Congo are proxy wars for illegal access to and control of coltan, cassiterite, beryllium, niobium, andesine, europium ruthenium, oil, diamonds, gold, zinc, cobalt, copper, silver, cadmium, uranium, and other rare and new metals found in exceptional concentration in the DR Congo's soil. Mobiles, smart phones, computers, MP3 players and many manufactured items sold in the UK are made with resources mined in DR Congo. Report after report provides the evidence of the role of foreign governments and multinational companies in the armed conflict and the link between armed conflict for control of mineral resources and sexual violence.
What to do:
Common Cause UK is the platform for Congolese women in the UK. You will remember that two members, Marie Louise Pambu and Maguy Kodi spoke at our RC Annual Conference in February 2011.
Common Cause raises the voice of Congolese women, advocates, lobbies and campaigns to raise awareness and end violence against women. They provide a drop-in service and run workshops for Congolese women.They carry out in-depth research and produce publications.
You can download an electronic copy of the postcard below: