There is a human price for the addiction we have to our mobile phones and laptops. There’s no getting away from it. Virtually all our technical toys and gadgets are fuelled by coltan, most of which is mined in the Congo, in the midst of  war, oppression, murder, gang rape and vicious fighting over resources. Women and children in DR Congo pay dearly for  the richer countries demand for these goods. Million Women Rise have something to say about it and will be going to Parliament on Wed 4th May. If you are based in the UK, come along or at least pressurise your MP. I don’t have a great deal of faith in my MP,  but I will be going myself. I have respectfully duplicated this information, with thanks, from friends and sources at Million Women Rise.


Please pass this invite wide and far. We need your support on the 4th May.

The UK delegation of Million Women Rise to the World March of Women International Action, Bukavu, east of the DR Congo will be presenting their report and recommendations to MP’s and Peers at a meeting co-sponsored by Jeremy Corbyn MP, the Great Lakes All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) and the Million Women Rise UK delegation to the World March of Women on:

Wednesday 4th May 2011

6pm – 7.30pm

Grimond Room, Portcullis House, SW1A 3JA

speakers will include


Jane Gregory (Rape Crisis England & Wales, MWR)

Sabrina Qureshi (MWR)

Maman Louise (Common Cause)

Chaired by (Jeremy Corbyn)

Women wanted to take action. Here’s what we can do right now:

Please contact your MP, tell them about the APPG meeting and say that as a constituent you really want them to attend. You may want to make points about ongoing horrific violence against women in the east of the DR Congo being relevant to you, all UK tax payers and indeed everyone in the UK since the Dept for International Development spends a million $ a day in Congo, British based multi-nationals have been linked to the torture and murder of women e.g. Afrimex, UK Government foreign policy regarding support for regimes in the Great Lakes Region plays an important role and crucially we are all carrying mobiles and using technology that rely on minerals from Congo e.g. coltan. If you can take the time to write a personal email/letter to your MP it will have an impact. It’s our job to make all our MP’s take notice that this is an issue we want them to engage in.

If you want to attend the meeting on the 4th May in Westminster Palace that would be fab! Please email me at to register and get further info.

Lets see if we can be part of building an unstoppable momentum to end violence against women in Congo, in the UK and everywhere