A Filipina who asked women to withhold sex from their husbands in exchange for peace in their community in Maguindanao landed on the list of the “World’s 150 Fearless Women” compiled by Newsweek and The Daily Beast.
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. Kandatu is on the list with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, music icon Lady Gaga and Grammy winner Adele. 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. 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).
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