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I just wanted to add that a lot of people don’t realize that we are directly affected by what is happening over there in Congo. An example that was given to us while in the Congo Teach in was that minerals such as Tin, Tantalum, Tungsten, and Gold are the main minerals that are used for electronics we use every day.

_Tin- often used on circuit boards, and used on cell phones and all electric products.

_Tantalum- or coltan is often used in ipods, digital cameras and cell phones

_Tungsten- used to make our cell phones vibrate. Just think, how many of us have a cell phone first off? And think while we are sitting in class with our phone in our pocket, we suddenly get a call, it starts to vibe and there we go we are feeling what directly comes from the Congo’s rich mineral earth.

_ Gold- I was told doesn’t come out of the Congo that much anymore but in any case it would be used in jewelry and in electronics.

Think about it, how many of us use these things on a regular basis???? I want to add that V-Day and all its efforts are not looking to end the use of all these minerals coming from Congo rather to utilize them respectfully and legally and have the Congolese people treated right. The hope is for more standard practices where women would suffer less in the process.

Eve Ensler and others are creating a City of Joy in Congo where more and more of the Congolese women can train to be self efficient in helping themselves and their people. Offering classes in health education, first aid and counseling are just a few examples of whats already being done to make sure we put an end to violence against women.

here is a link where you can find ore about the exploitation of minerals that come from the Congo:

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