Raise Hope for Congo

Apple makes progress on conflict minerals, should build on work in Congo

Three and a half years ago, Enough and Campus Progress (now known as Generation Progress) protested the opening of Apple’s  prestigious new store in Georgetown, Washington, DC because it was lagging behind other companies on combating the trade in conflict minerals from eastern Congo. Today, such a protest would be unnecessary. Apple released its annual Supplier Responsibility report yesterday, and the company is making some significant strides on conflict minerals.  Read More »

This Valentine's Day, Say Yes to Congo

Three Little Words . . . Congo Conflict Free

Here we are again, that time of year where love is officially celebrated between family, friends, lovers, crushes and colleagues. Valentine's Day. Honestly, we both look forward to this holiday. What's not to love? Valentine's Day is the holiday for love, but the gold so many people give each other as a symbol of their love may be fueling violent conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The silver lining: we can do quite a bit as consumers to help our jewelry companies address conflict gold.  Read More »

Students and Activists Call for #CongoPeace

#congopeace Instagram submission

On March 6, the Enough Project’s Raise Hope for Congo campaign is partnering with the United Nations for an event to raise awareness about sexual violence in conflict and how it intersects with inarmed conflict, peace building, and conflict minerals trade.  Read More »

Join the Call for #CongoPeace

On March 6th, the Enough Project’s Raise Hope for Congo Campaign is partnering with the United Nations for an event in recognition of International Women’s Day. The event will highlight the importance of women’s participation in Congo’s peace process, urgent actions needed to end and prevent sexual violence, and the transformative power women’s movements have in transitioning communities from war to peace.

Leading up to the event, students and activists around the world will take action in this social media campaign calling for an end to sexual violence and an inclusive peace process in Congo.

Take action now and join the call for peace:

  • Take a photo of yourself holding a sign that states why you think an inclusive peace process in Congo is important, followed by the hashtag #CongoPeace
  • Get all your friends, family, and random strangers you pass on the street to do the same—group shots and individual shots encouraged.

(e.g.: “Because women’s voices need to be heard - #CongoPeace”)

Be creative with your pictures! ACT BEFORE February 20th:

1. Upload your photo to Facebook and tag the Raise Hope for Congo Facebook page

2. Tweet your photo to @RaiseHope4Congo using the hashtag #CongoPeace

3. Instagram your photo and tag it as #CongoPeace.

(Make sure you use the correct tags, otherwise we won't see the pictures and we won't be able to accurately reflect the strength of the movement)

These photos will be sent to U.S. and U.N. Special Envoys Russ Feingold and Mary Robinson, U.N. Special Representative Zainab Bangura, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power, and other key policymakers to encourage them to prioritize the fight against sexual violence and the promotion of an inclusive, comprehensive peace in Congo.

 

Op-ed: After M23, it is time to focus on DR Congo's FDLR rebels

FARDC soldiers on patrol in eastern Congo

In early November, the Congolese army, supported by the United Nations Force Intervention Brigade, defeated the most powerful rebel group in eastern Congo - the M23.  Read More »

Conflict-Free Smelters for All Four Conflict Minerals

Gold in a tin (Sasha Lezhnev/Enough Project)

This week, the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative, or CFSI, an initiative on conflict minerals of the tech industry association the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition, or EICC, announced that, for the first time, there are now audited conflict-free smelters or refiners for the four identified conflict minerals: tin, tungsten, tantalum, and gold.  Read More »

Clouds over Congo’s Progress

Following the military defeat of the M23 rebel group in eastern Congo in November 2013 and the unprecedented desire of several other armed groups to surrender in subsequent weeks, “The region is going through a period of renewed turbulence,” United Nations Special Envoy Mary Robinson said on January 13, 2014.

CES 2014: Keynote Address by Brian Krzanich, Intel CEO (Starts at 56m 55s)

On Tuesday, January 7, 2014, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announced that its entire 2014 line of microprocessors would be conflict-free making them the first in the rare mineral-heavy industry to completely phase out conflict minerals in one of their products.

On Tuesday, January 7, 2014, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announced that its entire 2014 line of microprocessors would be conflict-free making them the first in the rare mineral-heavy industry to completely phase out conflict minerals in one of their products.

Fireside Chat with Intel CEO, the Enough Project and activist Robin Wright

Join conversation and moderated Q&A with Intel and social activists, including the Enough Project and Actress Robin Wright, on the challenge for the electronics industry, as a main users of metals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in making conflict-free products.  Read More »

#ForesightAfrica: Top Priorities for Africa in 2014

Foresight Africa panelists including John Prendergast

Yesterday, the Brookings Institution brought together a diverse panel of leading experts on Africa to discuss the greatest challenges Africa will face in 2014.  Read More »

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