We’re not encouraging this or anything; but for centuries, women have used sex as a bargaining tool. Apparently, things haven’t changed. In Togo, the women’s branch of a civil rights group in the country has decided to withhold sex, for a week, to encourage their husbands and partners to call for the resignation of the country’s president. Faure Gnassingbe, who took office in 2005, after his father’s death has recently changed electoral rules. Many believe these rules will help him to get reelected easier.
So, the women have come up with a solution. Withhold sex for a week so Gnassingbe will resign. The Togolese women took their inspiration from Liberian women who did the same thing back in 2003 for their campaign for peace. They announced the strike this past weekend in the capital of the country. And the strike started two days ago, on Monday. Some women are certain their methods will yield results. Abla Tamekloe, one of the strikers said, “For me, it’s like fasting, and unless you fast, you will not get what you want from God.”
Others are calling for a shortened time frame. Two days, instead of a full week. Still others think the whole movement is unrealistic.
Ekoue Blame, a journalist in the country, doesn’t think it will work. “It is easy for her [Isabelle Ameganvi, the leader of the strike] to say because she is not married herself. She does not live with a man at home.”
Do you think such a strike could be successful, why or why not?
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