Sex Strikes Around the World

Actress Alyssa Milano called for a sex strike to protest anti-abortion laws — but it's not the first time sex strikes have been used to cause change. Here's a look of how they've worked around the world.

Sex strikes around the world

Georgia politics is one of several states in recent weeks that have passed legislation forbidding doctors from ending pregnancies when a heartbeat can be detected, which is roughly at six weeks.

“Our reproductive rights are being erased. Until women have legal control over our own bodies we just cannot risk pregnancy. JOIN ME by not having sex until we get bodily autonomy back. I’m calling for a #SexStrike. Pass it on.”

Women are not guaranteed equal justice under the law of our Constitution. Alyssa Milano called for a sex strike in protest of Georgia's anti-abortion law. But it’s not the first-time sex strikes have been used to protest against policies.

In 1997, General Manuel Bonnet, a Colombian Military officer, called for a sex strike among the wives of paramilitaries, guerrillas, drug traffickers, to achieve a ceasefire in Colombia.

A group of women organized a week-long sex strike in 2009, to call on politicians to reform the country in Kenya.

In 2003, Leymah Gbowee and Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace organized a sex strike to end Liberia’s brutal civil war. In desperation, they added the sex strike. It led to peace in Liberia and the election of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the country's first female head of state.

In 2008, in Naples, a group of women called “Se Spari, Niente Sesso" (after effect “If you shoot, no sex”) pledged not to have sex if their men shoot off dangerous fireworks on New Year's Eve in Italy.

The Philippines in 2011, women in rural Mindanao imposed a several-week-long sex strike to end fighting between their two villages.

Taking a break from sex through activism to fight for your rights isn’t the only thing Milano calls for in her op-ed piece, as she urged readers to also support the organizations and individuals working courageously on the front lines to fight for reproductive justice and abortion access.


05/15/2019 1:04 AMupdated: 05/15/2019 1:41 PM
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  • Andres A.
    05/15/2019 01:08

    I agree with her

  • Vilmar T.
    05/15/2019 01:11


  • Jasmine A.
    05/15/2019 01:17

    Because unforunately men only listen when they don't get what they want most

  • Tim L.
    05/15/2019 01:28

    all u have to do is no sex 4 u baby,

  • Gerardo G.
    05/15/2019 01:37

    Because women are more promiscuous now you need abortion to be legal

  • Yolanda L.
    05/15/2019 01:45

    Problem solved !!! Double A batteries ladies !!!

  • Bernarka H.
    05/15/2019 01:48

    Is Miss. Milano sleeping with me. I didn’t know this..... dear I have a right hand for any labor disputes that come around.

  • Chiranjeevi S.
    05/15/2019 01:49

    It is pathetic for women to think that sex is something that only men want and it's the sole driver for all our actions. It's not as if women are genetically predisposed to not want it and are immune to way it affects life's choice. Using it a tool to persuade men to act for women's interests it's a cruel albeit sexist ploy. In the age of women empowerment and slow shift to gender equality this move sets us back hundreds of years in this struggle. Where women use sex as tool of persuasion to influence men in this large a scale it only goes to show that sex is all some women have to offer. I'm sure a debate, a protest, good leadership, the art of persuasion, could have been used to make real change but some dull women just want to play dirty.

  • Dorothy R.
    05/15/2019 01:57


  • Tom H.
    05/15/2019 02:07

    The new Bush Doctrine

  • Steve G.
    05/15/2019 02:11

    We have a lot of gorilla tape.

  • Guadalupe J.
    05/15/2019 02:13

    My father, God rest his soul, once advised me of one thing... "A fist full of hair, can pull more than a locomotive." Strong words from a wise man.

  • Taylor C.
    05/15/2019 02:17

    I love this

  • Inez L.
    05/15/2019 02:41


  • Dave T.
    05/15/2019 03:24

    I’m feeling pretty sure Alyssa Milano won’t be missed during a sex strike.

  • Elizabeth T.
    05/15/2019 03:46

    Gee, thanks for solving our problem Alyssa. Now since nobody is having sex, nobody is getting pregnant, so there is no need for any abortions. Sounds great!

  • Vikramjeet S.
    05/15/2019 05:08

    And now she is selling rings to those women.what a bunch of idiots getting conned into buying some rings in the name of women's rights.

  • Annunziata C.
    05/15/2019 05:28

    come fa una donna ad essere a favore dell'aborto ? E' una dichiarazione di debolezza e di non controllo del proprio corpo. In un'epoca della contraccezione diffusa e da noi di mancate nascite, si dovrebbe lottare per la fecondazione artificiale e l'adozione.

  • Sarah B.
    05/15/2019 05:52

    You’re amazing!!!! 💕💕💕 tired of hateful selfish pro-“birth” rebups

  • Muhammad A.
    05/15/2019 06:54

    Oree binodon😂😂😂😂