Kenyan women’s organizations ban sex for one week to improve political relations


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Lucy Kibakikibaki


Key women’s organizations in Kenya, including the Women’s Development Organization, Federation of Women Lawyers, Caucus for Women’s Leadership, and Maendeleo ya Wanawake (a network of rural women’s groups), have launched a campaign to ban sex in the country for one week — they’re even willing to pay commercial sex workers to join the effort — to protest the infighting within the newly formed national unity government. The women’s organizations have also sent representatives to meet with the wives of President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga to ask for their support and participation.

Relations between Kenya’s president and prime minister, who reached an agreement last year to share power to prevent further violence in the country, have turned sour in recent months. In 2007, post-election violence led to 1,500 deaths and 300,000 displaced citizens.

Leaders of the women’s groups believe they can influence their husbands and encourage them to establish more harmonious political relations through their bedrooms. Patricia Nyaundi, executive director of the Federation of Women Lawyers, had this to say about the unique protest and the invitation to the wives of the president and prime minister to join:

Great decisions are made during pillow talk, so we are asking the two ladies at that intimate moment to ask their husbands: ‘Darling can you do something for Kenya?’

Good luck.

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