Sex Strike Brings Peace – VIDEO


A group of women in a violence-plagued area of the Philippines came up with their own weapon to end the fighting: a sex strike.

The idea of withholding sex for a cause is not a new one — the ancient Greek play Lysistrata tells the story of women who organized a sex strike to end a war between Athens and Sparta.

No Sex Until You Stop Fighting!

And now it has happened in the Philippines, where the women withheld sex from their husbands until they promised to quit fighting. Their stand helped end clashes in July between villages in rural Mindanao Island.

According to a recently released U.N. Refugee Agency report, a separatist rebellion has been underway on the Filipino island of Mindanao since the 1970s. Families of Dado village had been displaced because of it since 2008 and are working to rebuild their community with the help of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and other aid organizations.


Women of the village came up with the idea of a sex strike as a way to help rebuild their village and to bring peace during a UNHCR sponsored sewing cooperative. Many of the women were fed up with not being able to deliver their products due to the violence that closed down a main road between two villages.

Within weeks of the strike starting, the UNHCR reports that the main village road re-opened and the fighting stopped. The women of the sewing cooperative along with other villagers were able to deliver their goods and start to rebuild the economy.

Here’s what happened:


Photo Credit: berkarch


Arielle Black-Foley

Women are wonderfully powerful when they believe they are!

Lilithe Magdalene

I wonder if we can round up the wives of corporate schemers to get them to stop their resource raping and pillaging!

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Bracha Katz6 years ago

Wow! What amazing women!

Rodney Paige
Rodney Paige6 years ago

Way to go ladies!!! Talk about a peaceful solution. As a man, i would not want to be on the receiving end of that one (hahaha), but way to empower yourselves and make something SIGNIFICANT happen. LOVE IT!!!!! Like I said, as a man I would not want to be on the receiving end of that one, but i just can't stop laughing at those guys. hahahahahahaaha!!!!

Marie W.
Marie W6 years ago

Worked in this case- but not always. Shows lack of equality.

Christine Stewart

I am glad the women didn't face violence from their husbands for refusing sex...

Susan Clark6 years ago

Yeah... maybe this would work on congress. Any takers? I'm all for denying all of them sex as well as a salary.

Morgana Washington


Debbie L.
Debbie Lim6 years ago

Good job! It just goes to prove how men can't survive without sex, lol. This is a really smart and peaceful way to end fighting.

Marilyn L.
Marilyn L6 years ago

Good for them.