There are alarming links between Democratic Republic of Congo’s coltan wealth, widespread rape, violence and consumer demand for smaller faster technology. Despite the horror of this war, its victims are largely forgotten and its perpetrators avoid justice. And too often, the Church has remained silent when it should speak out.
The Your Call campaign wants to put a stop the silence around this issue and the injustice suffered by many women in the Congo. There are 2 actions you can take:
1. Call out for greater transparency and accountability in the coltan trade (read more about the issue here). We want to send clear messages to our mobile providers that we like using their phone but we want them to be conflict-free. We're working with Raise Hope for Congo to put pressure on producers of mobiles and laptops to be more rigorous in ensuring that coltan is responsibly sourced.
2. On 30 June 2013 (independence day in the DRC), groups in Congo and around the world took part in a phone fast – a practical way to get people taking action which can lead to advocacy. It's not too late to do one. Check out this handy tookit to get started.
Email major phone providers using the action tool created by Raise Hope for Congo below.
This email will go to major phone companies: Dell, RIM (Blackberry), Apple, Canon, Sharp, Panasonic, Toshiba, Nokia, Acer, Motorola, Nintendo, Samsung, Intel, Sandisk, LGE, Philips, Sony Ericsson, IBM, and Lenovo.
Watch the Your Call video and download the phone fast toolkit below:
|Watch and download the Your Call video||Download the Your Call toolkit|
- Click here for ideas on how to follow up on responses you might receive from companies.
- Check out how clean your mobile and laptop company is on Raise Hope for Congo's website.
- Our trailblazer, 18-year-old Sarah Pellew has already tried the phone fast - you can see how she got on.
- Watch Blood in the Mobile film (read our review here).
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“Destiny can be killed by a word. We can help girls, especially on the margins, to release their gifts and potential.”
Maureen Shana, Zimbabwe
“900 million women and girls around the world are denied opportunity and hope by poverty. Women own only 1% of the world’s wealth. Half a billion cannot read or write.”
“Whether God has called you to set up shop in a big corner office or at your kitchen table; to minister to large groups or to one person in need; to give 40 hours a week or to be responsive to unexpected moments here and there; what you have to offer matters.”
Lynne Hybels, “Nice Girls Don’t Change the World”