Women in Togo have called a week-long sex strike to back their call for the resignation of the country's president, the Associated Press reports.
The ban is supported by an opposition coalition of political parties, civic groups and movements in the west African nation.
The coalition wants President Faure Gnassingbe, whose family has held power for decades, to resign.
Earlier this month, two anti-Gnassingbe protests were dispersed by police using tear gas and more than 100 people were arrested.
Opposition leader Isabelle Ameganvi says the sex strike could be a "weapon of the battle" to achieve political change.
"We have many means to oblige men to understand what women want in Togo," says Ameganvi, leader of the women's wing of the coalition.
She says she was inspired by a similar strike by Liberian women in 2003, who used it to campaign for peace.
Abla Tamekloe, who lives in Lome, the capital, tells the AP that the strike is a good thing that will held win the release of children jailed by the government.
"For me, it's like fasting, and unless you fast, you will not get what you want from God," she says
When asked if her husband will agree with her stand, Tamekloe said: "I have no choice and he has no choice either. It is easy for me to observe it. I am used to it, but I am not sure my husband will accept, but I have to explain to him"
But Judith Agbetoglo, another Tologlese woman, expressed skepticism that her husband would go along with the ban for seven days.
"He may agree at first, but as far as I know him, he will change overnight," she tells the AP. "So I don't believe I can do the one week sex strike. Otherwise, I will have serious issues with him. He likes that too much."
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