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:
- Contact Bradford Rape Crisis for Blood in your Phone postcards to post out by 17th June at the latest.
- If you want to write more, print, sign and send the attached template letter.
- Photocopy / print more copies of the letter and display it and/or the postcard at work and in other public places, post it on Facebook, Tweet about it, speak at meetings and events and to family and friends.
- Forward this e-mail to everyone you know.
- Support Common Cause UK (see info about Common Cause below). Download a Standing Order form here.
- Speak at meetings & events, talk to family, friends & colleagues & encourage them to do all of the above too.
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.
- Contact COMMON CAUSE UK: The Froud Centre, No 1 Toronto Road, Manor Park, London, E12 5JF. Tel: 790 487 5970 (French); 079 3982 2625 (English). e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Support COMMON CAUSE UK: Download a Standing Order form here.
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