MANILA, Philippines – What do Lady Gaga, US State Secretary Hillary Clinton and a Filipina have in common?
Hasna Kandatu, a seamstress from Manguindanao, led a campaign for wives to withhold sex from their husbands in exchange for peace in their conflict-torn community.
She shares the honor with women from all over the world who “led revolutions, built schools and fostered a brave new generation.”
The Kandatu-led “sex strike” in July 2011 in Barangay Dado, Datu Piang town in Maguindanao helped ease tensions and restored normalcy for 102 families living there, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR).
Kandatu “decided to employ an ancient tactic to stop a separatist rebellion in their region: they withheld sex from their husbands until they promised to quit fighting. The strategy worked. It took only days for sectarian struggles to quell, and the main road to be reopened,” according to her short bio posted on the website.
Kandatu thought of this initiative when fellow Muslim women who had set up a sewing business could not deliver their products because the village road was closed due to threats of violence and clan wars.
Newsweek and The Daily Beast said the women on the list were chosen for “sparking innovative solutions to the most pressing challenges facing women today.” They were honored for pushing for advocacies and “having their voices heard.”
Kandatu is the only Filipino on the list, which includes women of different backgrounds and races – “from brave dissidents who fueled the Arab Spring to outspoken advocates fighting domestic slavery; from CEOs to artists to political influencers.”
Aside from Lady Gaga and Clinton, those on the list include Hollywood stars Angelina Jolie and Meryl Streep, Grammy award winner Adele, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
Clinton and Streep will be joining other women in New York for the 3rd annual Women in the World Summit. – Rappler.com