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South Sudan women propose sex ban until peace restored


October 23, 2014 (JUBA) – A group of female South Sudanese peace activists have appealed to women across the country and in diaspora to consider denying their husbands sex until the conflict is resolved.

South Sudanese women collecting sorghum and oil some hours after an airdrop conducted by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Unity state’s Leer (Photo: ICRC/Jacob Zocherman)

The proposal is one of the resolutions passed at a meeting last week in the capital, Juba, which was attended by more than 90 women, including several members of parliament.

The meeting was one of the series being held by female activists aimed at drawing the attention of the country’s rival leaders and the international community to end the more than 10-minth-long crisis.

Former deputy minister for gender, child and social welfare Priscila Nyanyang, who was the lead coordinator of the event, told reporters on Thursday the meeting was held as a platform for women to come up with ideas on ways “to advance the cause of peace, healing and reconciliation”.

“A key suggestion was to mobilise all women in South Sudan to deny their husbands conjugal rights until they ensure that peace returns,” organisers said in a statement released on Thursday.

Nyanyang said other proposals included arranging meetings with the wives of president Salva Kiir and his former deputy turned rebel leader, Riek Machar, to personally “ask them to join the search for peace and reconciliation by impressing upon their husbands to stop the war”.

“We felt it is necessary [that] they are involved,” said Nyanyang, referring to the wives of the rival leaders.

“They have a big role to play in bringing peace to this country,” she added.

However, analysts have expressed doubt over whether the strategy would deliver any real impact.

Jane Kane, a US-based women’s rights activist, urged the group to consider other effective approaches.

“I am not sure how effective this strategy will be especially in South Sudan,” said Kane.

“In addition to this suggestion, I also think my sisters inside the country in particular need to consider other campaign strategies,” she added.

She cited Liberia as an example where activists employed multiple campaign strategies to great effect, which ultimately led to an end to conflict and the subsequent election of Africa’s first female president.

Kane there were many ways South Sudan’s female activists could get their viewpoints heard, including staging peaceful demonstrations across the country and elsewhere, sit-ins, mass stripping in public – as was employed by Ukrainian activist group Femen – as well as occupying strategic target areas such as government and military institutions, major streets or bridges and venues of peace talks.

“People are experiencing great suffering, and it is the women, children and the aged who are suffering the worst,” said Kane.

“I hope the sex strike works. It was tried in other African countries before, such as Liberia and [the] Ivory Coast,” she added.


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  • 24 October 2014 08:53, by jubaone

    How are we to understand this "sex ban" in a country where men simply use brute force: rape, coercion etc to get sex? These ideas make sense in a society that is civilized, respect women with men who have brains not between their legs

    • 25 October 2014 05:08, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

      women’s politics is insulting feminine gender at large. They’re
      commiting another crime after their cause of death as punishment fro
      God. Read Genesis 1:1-end. Let women first do sth for men they killed in
      cold blooded to make themselves free fro sinning to God. It’s a mere
      hypocracy by those polically affilated women whose husbands & some
      of them are not retained in govt positions!

  • 24 October 2014 10:16, by chol

    Good luck with that idea most of those guys have more than one wife and you get Ugandan girls roaming on streets of juba every night.And what about Malong with seventy wives I mean they can’t all no.

    • 25 October 2014 09:35, by Mayom County Boy

      women become nothing to this world of south sudan,who care ?

  • 24 October 2014 14:41, by Redeemer

    surely this war is very prostrating, because it is just a war of the top seat, but your proposal gives sex workers rich harvest. They will never say no to money

  • 24 October 2014 16:57, by Ayuen deng

    Haaaaaaaa haaaaaaaaah Who ever decide this have misunderstood her role or over acting or have rich her menopause. Because Sex mean bearing children, how can you stop people from bearing children just because somebody is a urging to be in power. Just tell that to street prostitute and they will curse you to death.

    • 24 October 2014 17:37, by Nyesi Ta

      The fight against sex is a fight against nature and therefore, will not succeed. What has sex got to do with getting rid of a bad government? My sister go try a sit in at the military barrack, and see if you will escape from being raped by those savages. Besides, do not ask women inside the country to face the unknown, you better go and do it yourself if you are asking to be raped and killed.

  • 25 October 2014 01:47, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    Those women are they include President Kiir and Riek wivies. These two are the main source that cause the problem in the country. Include some of the general in Army. Otherwise those women might be loosing their chance to enjoy their family life and have children for future good generation.

    Tone of liberator

  • 25 October 2014 05:50, by Nyesi Ta

    The sit-in at the military barracks will be a free pussy for the army to rape, i.e. Ja barraw.

  • 25 October 2014 12:13, by Ambago

    Please people of my land, let us show some maturity here and stop thinking through our private parts. The ban on consented sex will only lead to a rise in unconsented sex with all its unwanted outcomes. Keep politics upstairs and not downstairs!

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