Vote or no sex


Activist, Priscilla Misihairabwi Mushonga, who is also Minister of Regional Integration and International Cooperation, has urged women to deny their husbands sex unless they register to vote in the coming elections.

Voter registration ends next week but the date for the elections has not yet been decided, The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, which is in charge of elections, is working with 31 July unless the Constitutional Court changes the date.

The Constitutional Court is expected to hear the case tomorrow.

According to the Voice of America Misihairabwi-Mushonga is reported to have told women: “You are basically saying to your partners, we are all suffering the same way. We need to make a difference. I am not asking you to go to war. I am asking you to go and vote.

“You have a responsibility. For years, we have seen that the majority of people that go to register to vote have been women. And this call is to say, we as women can’t be taking this struggle alone. We need to take our men on board. And if we can’t bring them on board by talking to them nicely, we will deny them something that we know they certainly would want. ”

She added: “Sex strike is not a new concept. It has been used to stop wars. It has been used to ask for developmental things in the areas and has been very successful. So this is not a revolutionary concept that I am coming up with. It is a concept that has been use the world over.”


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