Barbacoas is located in Colombia
Location in Colombia
Coordinates: 01°40′18″N 078°08′23″W / 1.67167°N 78.13972°W / 1.67167; -78.13972Coordinates: 01°40′18″N 078°08′23″W / 1.67167°N 78.13972°W / 1.67167; -78.13972
Country  Colombia
Department Nariño Department
 • Mayor Jose Arnulfo Preciado As of 2011
Time zone Colombia Standard Time (UTC-5)

Barbacoas is a town in Nariño Department, Colombia.[1] It is the administrative seat for Barbacoas Municipality. As of 2005 census, the town has a population of 11,602.[2]

The town is infamous for its 2011 "crossed legs" strike, where women in the town foreswore sexual activity pending action on the promised paved road to their town.[3][4][5][6]

1866 postage stamp postmarked in Barbacoas


  1. ^ Barbacoas (Approved) at GEOnet Names Server, United States National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
  2. ^ "Barbacoas". World Gazetteer. Archived from the original on 2012-05-15. 
  3. ^ News Desk (28 June 2011). "Colombia: Women's sex strike gets husbands' support". Global Post. Archived from the original on 2012-09-21. 
  4. ^ Montes, Euclides (1 August 2011). "Colombia's 'crossed legs' protest is redefining women's activism". The Guardian. 
  5. ^ Staff (12 October 2011). "Colombia: Sex Strike Ends In Barbacoas". Huffington Post. 
  6. ^ Staff (17 October 2011). "Colombian women end 'crossed legs' abstinence protest for new road". The Daily Telegraph. 

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