Hundreds Of Women In Uganda Protest To “End Miniskirt Harassment”

Mobs of men have been publicly harassing and attempting to undress women who are “dressed indecently.”

3. The legislation to ban “indecent dressing” was proposed last year by Simon Lokodo, the Ethics and Integrity Minister, who said that women who wore “anything above the knee” should be arrested.

Achiro said the new law would let men “judge women according to what they see as indecent because there are no parameters defined by law.”

7. The “End Mini-Skirt Harassment” Facebook group that has over 4,000 likes, organized a march on Wednesday, Feb. 26, to end the sexual violence against women and to pressure the government to recall the law.

20. Uganda’s former Ethics and Integrity Minister, Miria Matembe, said that she, along with members of the End Miniskirt Harassment coalition and other women activists would move a vote of no confidence against Lokodo and demand for the law to be withdrawn.

Matembe told The Daily Monitor:

“This whole idea is absurd. I don’t condone indecency or do I condone pornography but this law cannot be used as a pretext to cure the moral decadence and ethical degeneration in this country.

My biggest disappointment is that 33 per cent of that parliament is constituted of women and they were able to subscribe and pass a law whose definition of pornography is so vague that it talks about representing one’s sexual parts for primarily exciting people.”

22. Mildred Apenyo, a writer in Kampala, also rallied on social media to organize the march to end miniskirt harassment.

Caption: End miniskirt harassment in Uganda. We’re marching against harassment and injustices against minorities tomorrow from 8am. We start at UH hall makerere. Stand up and be counted.

23. Apenyo referred to the public undressing of women on the streets of Uganda as “mob rape.”

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