As documented in a new report from the Enough Project, which ranks electronics firms on their progress in cleaning up their supply chains of conflict minerals, there are glimmers of hope for eastern Congo despite ongoing violence there, which is driven partly by conflict minerals.
Sexual violence in conflict is a serious, present-day crisis affecting millions of people around the world. It is used by political and military leaders to achieve political, military and economic ends, destroying the very fabric of society.
If the last decade has taught us anything, it's that where Apple goes, the world market will follow. We would like to see that path be one that leads towards building responsible products that enhance the lives of all people of the world -- not just consumers.
Social media have helped drive the historic change we have witnessed across the Middle East. In less visible areas of the world, like the Congo, where rape is being used as a tactic of war, they can do the same.
Congo is home to one of the most severe and under-reported humanitarian crises of our time, claiming over five million lives. Rape of women and girls there happens with impunity.
Policy making must not be based on wishful thinking. Congo has not yet reached a strategic turning point.