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Colombian women say ‘no sex’ until dirt road is paved


Summary of story from Nasdaq, June 24, 2011

More than 250 women in a remote town in southwest Colombia are refusing to have sex with their partners until the central government follows through with a decades-old plan to pave the town’s only access road.

Lucelly Del Carmen Viveros, the human rights coordinator in the town of Barbacoas, said on Friday:

“These women, and all of the rest of us in this town, are fed up with the empty promises from the central government.”

“This is the only road connecting Barbacoas to the rest of the state and the country, and it’s in despicable condition.”

The women began what they call the “Crossed Legs Strike” on Thursday, said Viveros, who’s not personally participating because she doesn’t have a boyfriend or husband.

Some 40,000 people live in Barbacoas and its surrounding hamlets, and to get there people have to travel along the treacherous, 35-mile mountain road from the town of Junin, near Colombia’s border with Ecuador.

Viveros said a hunger strike in support of paving the road will begin in Barbacoas on Saturday with more than 1,000 people, both men and women, participating.

She said many of the men told her they’d prefer to go without food than sex.

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