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Turkish women hold sex strike for water system repair, 2001

Time period
Approximately Mid-July, 2001 to Approximately Mid-August, 2001
Human Rights
Total points
9 out of 10 points
Name of researcher, and date dd/mm/yyyy
Mar Firke 13/04/2014

In 2001, in a southern Turkish village near Siirt, the water lines connecting to the public water supply broke down. This was not the first time that the 27-year-old system had malfunctioned and left the 600-person village without running water for a period of months. Women in the village were obligated to walk to a small public fountain in order to collect water to carry home—a distance of several miles, in some cases—in order to have water for drinking, cooking, and bathing.