Women in Kenya are turning up the heat on the government with an unusual form of protest.
Women’s rights activists are urging females to join them in a nationwide, week-long sex boycott. They are calling for government reforms and action to promote women’s rights and are causing an uproar in the country. “Now that we have the attention of the Kenyan populace, we are now going to address the issues that plague this nation, the issues that make me not sleep at night,” said Carol Agengo, one of the organisers. Though the organisers say they will pay prostitutes to join the strike, some men say they will not let that stand in their way. “We will do without them for one week and then we will go to Koinange. We will go to Karumaindo (red light districts) and there we will fulfil our sexual desires, which means this boycott will not succeed.” Political infighting is threatening a fragile powersharing agreement in Kenya that quelled deadly violence after a disputed presidential election in 2007.