Civil Rights Groups In Togo Stage Sex Strike To Force President Into Resignation

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Isabelle Ameganvi Planned A Sex Strike Starting Today In The Hopes That President Faure Gnassingbe Would Resign

Isabelle Ameganvi

Women of the civil rights group named “Let’s Save Togo” planned to hold a sex strike that started on Monday in hopes of forcing their current president, Faure Gnassingbe, into resignation. The group’s leader, Isabelle Ameganvi, stated “We have many means to oblige men to understand what women want in Togo.” The strike is in response to recent electoral reforms that will enable Gnassingbe to get re-elected easily. The women are hoping the strike will encourage men to take action against Gnassingbe.

The strike has received an abundance of support and criticism. One supporter, Abla Tamekloe, compared the strike to a spiritual fasting. “It’s a good thing for us women to observe this sex strike as long as our children are in jail now. I believe that by observing this, we will get them released,” she said. “For me, it’s like fasting, and unless you fast , you will not get what you want from God.” Tamekloe explained the strike may be a challenge for  her husband, “It is easy for me to observe it. I am used to it, but I am not sure my husband will accept, but I have to explain to him.”

One critic, Ekoue Blame, said it’s easy for Ameganvi to strike because she’s unmarried. “It is easy for her to say because she is not married herself. She does not live with a man at home,” she said. “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?” A deadline for the strike has not been set, which is a major concern for the Togolese women. “I do agree that we women have to observe this sex strike but I know my husband will not let me complete it. He may agree at first, but as far as I know him, he will change overnight,” said Judith Agbetoglo. “So I don’t believe I can do the one-week sex strike. Otherwise, I will have serious issues with him. He likes that too much.”



1 Comment

  1. Kirsten

    August 28, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Remember the quote, “You gotta use what you got to get what you want?” Well, they have decided not to use it and I bet they eventually get what they want!

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