Directly connected to the global demand for pop culture electronics, Congo's illegal mineral trade is closely linked to the plight of women living in DRC. Sexual violence has become a form of *terrorism*; it is used as a weapon of war to terrorize the people from their villages, gain control over the land where the mines are run, and demobilize potential opposition.
Founded by mama Justine Masika Bihamba, Synergie des Femmes pour les Victimes des Violences Sexuelles provides psycho-social and medical rehabilitation, and legal defense services to victims of sexual violence in North Kivu province in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Congolese heroes such as mama Justine have long called for our commitment, through the responsible purchase of electronic devices, to "conflict-free technology" and advocating for institutional regulation of "conflict-prone minerals."
Mama Justine fights with her life everyday to heal victims of sexual terrorism in DRC and convey the importance of Western commitment to conflict-free technology, which seeks to produce electronics such as our game consoles, cellphones, PC's and electric cars, with "a positive social and environmental impact "to put end to Congo's "minerals in conflict".