Women bring peace to town with ‘sex strike’ | Inquirer News

Women bring peace to town with ‘sex strike’

01:30 AM September 17, 2011

Women in Mindanao brought peace to their strife-torn village by threatening to withhold sex if their men kept fighting, the UN refugee agency reported on Friday.

The “sex strike” in July in rural Dado village in North Cotabato helped end tensions and bring some prosperity to the 102 families living there, said national officer Rico Salcedo of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

“The area is in a town which is subject to conflict, family feuds, land disputes. The idea came personally from the women,” Salcedo told Agence France-Presse.


The idea was conceived by a group of women who had set up a sewing business but found that they could not deliver their products because the village road was closed by the threat of violence, Salcedo said.


Sporadic shooting incidents between men in the village had occurred especially near the road, the UNHCR said.

Husbands warned

“There had been a string of clan conflicts. You would have a number of men who would go against another family. There were scattered incidents of shooting at each other,” said UNHCR staffer Tom Temprosa.

The sewing group’s leader, Hasna Kandatu, said they warned their husbands they would be cut off from sex if they continued causing trouble.

“If you go there (to fight), you won’t be able to come back. I won’t accept you,” Kandatu recalled telling her husband, in a video on the UNHCR website.


Her husband, Lengs Kupong, recalled his wife telling him: “If you do bad things, you will be cut off, here,” he said, motioning below his waist.

Feuds between Muslim clans over land, money or political influence have been a major source of violence in Mindanao, helping fuel a Muslim separatist insurgency and brutal crimes, rights groups and scholars have said.

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In the worst case of such feuds, members of the  Ampatuan clan are being tried for allegedly murdering at least 57 people in Maguindanao in 2009 to keep a rival family from challenging them in local elections. AFP

TAGS: Conflicts, Family, Mindanao, peace, sex, UNHCR, Violence

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