Mini-skirts do not imply prositituiton, JKK as PAC speaks

Women who are donning of mini-skirts do not represent prostitutes, says outspokesn president of the Chancellor College Academic Staff Union, Dr. Jesse Kabwila-Kapasula.

Kabwila-Kapasula was dispelling the thinking  after unemployed youths and sidewalk vendors stripped some women in Lilongwe and Mzuzu for mainly wearing mini-skirts, trousers and leggings.

Kabwila-Kapasula: Mini-skirts freedom

Some sections of the society have also been advocating for the ban on ladies from putting on miniskirts, saying the skirts are tempting men into reckless sex behaviour and thereby escalating the HIV scourge.

But Kabwila –kapasula said that was wrong thinking.

“Mini-skirts do not denote prostitution,” she said at the event organised by leading rights activists to protests against the attack oon women.

“You can be a prostitute in whatever dress,” said Kabwila-Kapasula.

President Bingu wa Mutharika Thursday ordered police to arrest ‘anybody seen harassing women’, saying women were free to wear what they desire.

Some men commenting on Nyasa Times  and social networking sites said women should be protected for exercising their freedom of dressing as enshrined in the Constitution but urged them to take their rights with responsibility by desisiting from wearing clothes “that rouse sex appetite.”

PAC speaks

Meanwhile,  the Public Affairs Committee (PAC), a grouping of religious leaders in Malawi says it is concerned n  over  the  developments  that  have  taken  place  regarding the  unwelcome  treatment   to  women  based  on   their  style  of  dressing.

PAC   appeals to  all  those  who  are  involved  in  such  acts  to  immediately  refrain  from  such  conduct  and  allow  women  to  freely   move   in  the  markets  and  entire  cities  of  Malawi.

“We  feel   that  these  scenes  of  attacking  women   defeat  the  whole  purpose  of  ushering  in  the  hard-won  democracy,” said PAC in a statement signed by its chairperson Reverend MacDonald Kadawati.

“Women   are  part  of  our  society  and  the  dressing  we  witness  today  has  not  started  this  year,” the statement e-mailed to Nyasa Times said.

PAC  further  call  upon  all  faith-based  organizations  to  educate  and  advise  their  followers  to  exercise  restraint  as  they  express  grievances  on  issues  that  affect  them.

The faith group said it will  further  consider  holding  prayers  on the “unfortunate” developmet.

Until 1994, women in this deeply conservative poor nation were banned from wearing pants, during the long dictatorship of Kamuzu Banda.

Women arrive to participate in a sit-in in Malawi’s commercial city of Blantyre on Friday to defend their right to wear pants. Photo: AFP

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