The female wing of the civil rights group Let’s Save Togo have proposed a week-long sex strike in order to force the resignation of President Faure Gnassingbe. That strike is set to begin today.
The strike was proposed by Isabelle Ameganvi, who says this sexless week will hopefully get men behind the idea that Gnassingbe needs to go. The president took over in 2005 for his father, Gnassingbé Eyadema, who ruled the country for 38 years.
Says the Associated Press:
Ameganvi, a lawyer, told the Associated Press that her group is following the example of Liberia’s women who used a sex strike in 2003 to campaign for peace.
“We have many means to oblige men to understand what women want in Togo,” said Ameganvi.
“If men refuse to hear our cries we will hold other demos that will be more powerful than a sex strike,” Ameganvi said during a demonstration Saturday of several thousand in the capital city. The rally was organized by a coalition which is protesting recent electoral reforms which they say will make it easier for Gnassingbe to win reelection in the polls set for October.
More powerful than a sex strike? Is there such a thing?
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