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Eve Ensler Says Your Electronics Are Pro-Rape

Eve Ensler Says Your Electronics Are Pro-Rape

Thousands of women are raped every month in the Republic of Congo. Rape is a method of political control and coercion in the region, and the country’s Coltan manufacturing trade is the primary catalyst of this conflict.

You can find this mineral in any compact capacitor that is used to create laptops, phones and almost any other electronic device you use every day. Coltan is a sought-after resource in Africa and everybody wants a piece of the profit. Unfortunately, this has led to the rape of 1,100 women and girls per month. This issue was brought to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee recently, where super-feminist Eve Ensler spoke about the issue.

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Since boycotting the mining and production of Coltan is nearly impossible (It’s one thing to boycott Microsoft; it’s another thing to boycott hearing aids.), Ensler asked that we take a more direct approach to the problem. Fostering awareness throughout the western world, speaking up to our governments and then demand that products be manufactured as rape-free. As these rape-free products become more heavily marketed, this would theoretically coerce corporations to take their ethical responsibilities more seriously.

Until this issue is brought to the mainstream, very little will be done to change the politics and culture of the Congo that perpetuates rape in the name of political and social control. What can be done to promote ethical mining and ethical politics in Africa?

Eve has been behind this cause for several years, and continues to fight for women in Africa and beyond.