It had, she said, been effective in raising the profile of women. The action is called alHair in Arabic, which means "sexual abandoning" of their men. She can act at government level to promote peace, but women in the war-torn villages had to think of some way to get their voices heard. There are direct parallels with Aristophanes's play, in which Lysistrata's disgust with war brings about a scheme to force the men of Greece to the peace table by denying them sex. Is there genocide in Sudan? Hence the Lysistrata-style sex strike.
Sudanese women ban sex in effort to halt war
Sudan has still not ratified the United Nations convention to eliminate discrimination against women.
Mrs Ahmed has been involved as an adviser to women's initiatives: getting women from southern Sudan to try to resolve practical problems over access to water and land rights. Unlike in ancient Greece, the women's attempt to exert political influence in this way in Islamic Sudan touches a sensitive religious spot as it challenges the Muslim belief in husbands' conjugal rights. Hence the Lysistrata-style sex strike. Sudanese women ban sex in effort to halt war.