Raise Hope for Congo

Lyn Lusi – In Memorium

Lyn Lusi, the co-founder of HEAL Africa in eastern Congo, passed away last weekend. Guest blogger Naama Haviv of Jewish World Watch wrote this tribute.  Read More »

5 Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

A weekly round-up of must-read stories, posted every Friday.  Read More »

Building on Momentum of Kony 2012, U.S. Reps Introduce New LRA Bill

While the “Kony 2012” video has catapulted the Lord’s Resistance Army into international headlines, Congress is pressing for more U.S. engagement to end the LRA crisis. This week, Representatives Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Ed Royce (R-CA) introduced a resolution in the House (H.Res. 583) expressing support for robust efforts to stop the LRA’s atrocities and bring the group’s leader Joseph Kony and his top commanders to justice.  Read More »

Industry Lobbyists Vs. Congo

We’ve learned that the Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, after stalling for over a year, intends to release weak conflict minerals regulations essentially written by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National Association of Manufacturers.

Raise Hope for Congo activists are not letting them off the hook that easily.  Read More »

The Key Missing Feature in the New iPad3

Here it is, the “revolutionary” iPad3, with breakthrough retina display, quad-core processor and 4G LTE wireless connectivity. This next-generation technology is captivating, and if you’re an Apple fan, as I am, you’re going to want to trade in your iPad2 and put your name on the waiting list for the iPad3. 

And yet, as a human rights activist, it gives me pause.  Read More »

ICC’s First Case Closes with Guilty Verdict for Congolese Rebel Leader

Concluding its first-ever trial, a panel of judges at the International Criminal Court issued a verdict in the case of Thomas Lubanga today, finding him guilty of recruiting child soldiers.

After a three-year trial, it is a landmark decision not only because it tested out the 10-year-old court’s process from start to finish but because it placed the crime of recruiting child soldiers at the forefront of an international trial.  Read More »

Intel Publicly Sets Goal to Make Conflict-Free Chip by 2013

Intel conflict-free video

In a new video, Intel took a significant step beyond the commitments of other electronics companies by publicly stating its intent “to manufacture the world’s first verified, conflict-free microprocessor by 2013.” No other company from the electronics, jewelry, or automotive sectors have made a similar commitment, so this goal represents a serious step forward.  Read More »

Thousands March for International Women’s Day in Eastern Congo

Thousands of women marched through the city center of Goma yesterday in celebration of International Women’s Day. Women turned out in droves, participants explained, because this annual event is the only day of the year when their voices would be heard.  Read More »

V-Day’s Eve Ensler Spotlights Congo with New Monologue as City of Joy Graduates First Class

City of Joy graduation - V-Day

March marks the end of the annual V-Day season as the last local groups at colleges and community and religious centers perform their renditions of playwright and activist Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues. First performed nearly 15 years ago, the monologues were created through interviews with women around the world. Ensler compiled composite vignettes, which explore the lives of women. V-Day campaigns have grown out of the Vagina Monologues movement and serve as the activism center of the movement.  Read More »

Women, Peace, and Security: Building a National Plan for International Change

Hillary Clinton at Heal Africa - AP

In honor of International Women’s Day it is important to take stock of the national and international mechanisms in support of gendered equality and women’s rights. The U.S. National Security Strategy notes that countries are more peaceful and prosperous when women are accorded full and equal rights, and therefore it is in our national interest to support and empower women throughout the world.

To this end, the Obama administration recently adopted the first U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security, officially integrating gender issues across government initiatives.  Read More »

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