Behind the Click: Silicon Valley Lawyer Cheree McAlpine

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LDC: I am involved with Raise Hope for Congo regarding the conflict minerals that are used in all our phones. How did you get involved with “Stamp Out Violence Against Women & Girls in Congo?”

CM: I have a very personal connection to the people in the Congo.  I have traveled there.  I have family there.  You can’t spend one day in the Congo without recognizing the unbelievable beauty and spirit of its people and the contrasting unimaginable violence that women and young girls face in the Eastern region.  As a woman and the mother of two young girls, I could not ignore the plight of the women there.  It’s too tragic. It’s too violent.  It can’t be ignored.  It must stop.

LDC:  What do you find most rewarding about it?

CM: I love the grassroots activism of helping and nurturing women who are in a crisis.   I love that women in this region have hope.  I love that there are people and organizations devoted to sharing the women’s stories and advocating for the violence to end.  The rewards will come when the violence stops.

LDC: What is your greatest hope for girls in the US who are becoming involved with the STEM program?

CM:  Anything that fosters young girls (and boys) interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math is a great thing.  It would be amazing if the next great innovator was from the STEM program.



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