17/10/2011 07:22 BST | Updated 17/12/2011 05:12 GMT

Colombian Women End Four-Month Abstinence Protest

Women in the Colombian town of Barbacoas have ended a near-four month “crossed legs” strike.

The women decided on the period of abstinence in protest at the state of the road that led into their small and isolated town.

The action against their husbands was designed to encourage the government to pay for the track to be paved.

Now, transport minister German Cardona has pledged to invest more than $20 million in the road’s redevelopment, paving 17 miles, around half, of the 163-year-old route.

Around 300 women took part in the strike, which started on 22 June.

According to Maribel Silva, one of the female judges that organised the protest, the men in the town thought the strike was “very curious".