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13 Good News Stories for 2011: Day 4

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Sex Strike Brings Peace

Just as the women did in the Greek play by Aristophanes, the women of Dado village in southern Philippines put an end to war by withholding sex. In both cases, one in 411 BC, the other in 2011, one woman took the lead. In Greece it was Lysistrata. On the violence-plagued island of Mindanao, it was Hasna Kandatu.

The separatist rebellion had kept things stirred up since the 1970s. In 2008, about 100,000 had to flee the fighting. Dado village was among those devastated. The UN Refugee Agency provided them with fishing boats, nets, a landing site and sewing machines.

Unfortunately, the only road to a market for their goods was blocked by barbed wire barricades and armed rebels. So the women of the sewing cooperative, led by Hasna Kandatu, gave the men an ultimatum. If they continued to fight, the women would withhold sex.

Hasna Kandatu’s husband went to the two villages. He told them continued fighting would damage the economy and his marriage. Sex was a powerful incentive. Within a week, peace was restored, the road reopened, and Dado village could get on with the rebuilding.

That’s the last of our 13 good-news stories, but there are so many more. I’d like to give the final words to Care2 Causes guest blogger Sarah Gough, Executive Director of Play for Peace. In A Lesson in Resilience, she wrote:

The beauty, the strength and the courage that is flourishing in this world is humbling. When we only read about war, hate crimes and violence, sometimes we just need a reminder that good is also part of our reality.

May good be the largest part of all our realities in 2012.


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Photos 1 and 2 from Thinkstock; Photo 3 taberandrew via Flickr Creative Commons; Photo 4 from Patrick Byrne via Flickr Creative Commons; Photo 5 from UN video

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