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Isabelle Ameganvi, leader of the opposition Let’s Save Togo, issued calls for a ‘one-week sex strike, fasting and prayers.’

*Some would argue that sex strikes against husbands are never a good idea.

You would think that tactic, which has been tried with mixed results for eons, would not even be considered in the modern age for all kinds of reasons.

Oh well, it’s not going to stop the determined  female wing of a civil rights group is urging women in Togo to stage a week-long sex strike to demand the resignation of the country’s president.

Women are being asked to start withholding sex from their husbands or partners as of Monday, said Isabelle Ameganvi, leader of the women’s wing of the group Let’s Save Togo. She said the strike will put pressure on Togo’s men to take action against President Faure Gnassingbe.

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,” Ameganvi said.

The sex strike was announced at a rally Saturday of several thousand in the capital city, Lome. The demonstration was organized by a coalition that is protesting recent electoral reforms, which they say will make it easier for Gnassingbe’s party to win re-election in the parliamentary polls set for October.

At Saturday’s rally, which ended peacefully, Jean-Pierre Fabre, leader of the National Alliance for Change opposition party, called for Gnassingbe’s resignation. Other opposition leaders called for civil disobedience.

But it is the sex strike that has people talking in this small country of more than 6 million people.

“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,” Abla Tamekloe said. “For me, it’s like fasting, and unless you fast, you will not get what you want from God.”

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