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Sex Strike Planned in Togo: Can Lack of Lovin’ Lead to Presidential Ouster?

in TOGO, 30/08/2012

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.

It’s a good thing Togo doesn’t have a “Kills the Gays” anti-homosexuality bill like the one still pending in Uganda (in Togo, hey, they just put you in jail for three years). After this week, who knows what might happen behind closed doors in the West African nation.

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. The AP has more:

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.

Some women are skeptical of the planned strike: “That is not serious at all. It is easy for her to say because she is not married herself. She does not live with a man at home,” Ekoue Blame, a Togolese journalist, told the AP. “Does she think women who live with their husband will be able to observe that? By the way, who controls what couples do behind closed doors?”

It’s heartening to see women take control. But it will be a real shame if a side effect of this strike is an uptick in sexual violence.

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