New dad Javier Bardem teamed up with the organization Raise Hope for Congo for Mother’s Day to talk about the sexual violence facing women in that region.
In the video John Prendergast tells us that “The highest rates of sexual violence against against women and girls occur in the Congo.” Why? All in the name of conflict minerals that end up in our laptops, cell phones, ipods and more.
Bardem, the self proclaimed mama’s boy, said, “Rape as a weapon is something that happens in the Congo and it’s incredible to think about that. It’s happening in order for us to get the best material for our cell phone or laptop.”
The two men encourage the public to take action in the name of mothers everywhere. They ask that people contact Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to step up and help resolve this crisis. You can also contact companies and demand that no more conflict minerals be used in their electronics. Just like the diamond industry was changed when people learned about conflict diamonds, these companies can do more to ensure that they are not contributing to violence when they purchase materials.
Bardem closes the video by saying, “On mother’s day, for any of us who have a laptop or cell phone, let’s give the mothers and daughter in the Congo a chance for peace.”
Watch the video below and go to Raise Hope for Congo to learn how you can take action to help. Consider doing it as an extra mother’s day gift for your mom.