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| 8/2/2011 4:00:00 PM

Colombia's 'crossed legs' protest is redefining women's activism

August 2--A sex strike by women demanding a paved road to the small town of Barbacoas has deservedly grabbed the media's attention.

Since 22 June, the women of the small town of Barbacoas in the Nariño province of Colombia have foregone all sexual activity. After years of fruitless pressure on the central government to pave a road linking their town with the rest of the province, they finally reached breaking point and organised what has come to be known as the "crossed legs movement" in protest. The failure by previous administrations to take action has left Barbacoas virtually unreachable by car, leading to scores of deaths.

Barbacoas is a small port town in south-west Colombia, which linked the southern regions of the country in the 19th and 20th century. Barbacoans still proudly claim that every European piano that reached Colombia in the 19th century came through their port. However, the uneven routes that those pianos had to travel a century ago have not changed since.

 
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