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Women all over the world, please visit our dailies. This story is on the local newspapers' headlines today, Thursday 30th April 2009

I am proud of the Kenya women’s movement, Among them my director Ann Njogu. Indeed, we want Peace in the nation. A week-long sex Boycott is one of the means to that end. We cannot go through the another violence period. A Snap election is not the answer.

Visit ( 30th April 2009):
Headline news:

Want sex? Tell Kibaki and Raila to stop feuding
Posted Wednesday, April 29 2009 at 19:40

Women on Wednesday introduced a new weapon in the political battle field: sex. They want their mass action to take place in the privacy of thousands of bedrooms across the country to effect changes in public leadership.
And so on Wednesday, the women’s organisations called for a seven-day sex boycott to pressurise President Kibaki and the Prime Minister Raila Odinga into taking decisive steps to end coalition wrangles. The two feuding political kingpins, they say, should bear the brunt of the sex strike; so they asked their wives — First Lady Lucy Kibaki and Mrs Ida Odinga — to join them by denying them their conjugal rights.
Under the banner of Gender 10, the group of 10 civil societies said they were frustrated by the twists and turns of the coalition government and the lack of leadership portrayed by the two principals. “The boycott is to protest against the poor leadership and to demand that the two take charge of the country,” said Ms Carole Ageng’o, director of Tomorrows Child Initiative.
Present at the media briefing were women leaders from Federation of Women Lawyers (Fida), Maendeleo ya Wanawake, Centre of Rights and Education Awareness (CREAW), among other civil groups.
During the seven days, lobby groups will draw up a performance contract for the President and Prime Minister to sign, defining the kind of leadership they would want. “If they fail to sign, it would be a confirmation of lack of goodwill and commitment,” said Ms Ann Njogu of CREAW, who also said more radical actions were in the pipeline.


JaniceW's picture

Thank you for this

Thank you for giving us some background information on this topic. The BBC World Service has also written about the issue and the link to their article is:

Member Logwell also offers a personal perspective on the issue which I hope will help increase exposure of the increasingly acrimonious relations between Kenya's coalition partners.

We pray that the women remain safe and that their voices are heard. Keep us posted on the developments. Best wishes,

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