A law that the Ugandan government thought would end inappropriate sexual excitement and unwelcome sexual advances has instead provoked men to be violent against women.

 

Early last month the Ugandan government signed into law a controversial anti-pornography legislation which bans miniskirts, defined as anything above-the-knee; the law also bans other kinds of revealing clothing such as shirts that show “too much” cleavage.

 

Ugandan Women Protest Against Miniskirt Ban. (Independent.co.uk)

Ugandan Women Protest Against Miniskirt Ban. (Independent.co.uk)

According to the Minister of Ethics and Integrity, Simon Lokodo, anyone who dresses in such a way that irritates the mind and excites the people around, or dresses in a way that excites or stimulates another into having sexual thoughts, is badly dressed.

 

Many female activists and their supporters, including men, have taken to the streets to protest against the string of harassment of women in miniskirts. The women wore miniskirts and above-the-knee dresses bearing signs that read “Thou shall not touch my miniskirt”, and “Lokodo hold your libido”.

 

 

 

Ugandan Women Protest Against Miniskirt Harassment. (Amy Fallon/the Guardian)

Ugandan Women Protest Against Miniskirt Harassment. (Amy Fallon/the Guardian)

Ugandan women have been vocal about their disappointment with the law. Rita Achiro, executive director of the Ugandan Women’s Network said that the new law will take Uganda backwards in terms of women empowerment. She further stated that the attempt to control what women put on their bodies will eventually result in total control of women.

 

Unfortunately, some Ugandan men have taken the law into their own hands. According to a statement from the Ugandan police, some men have already been arrested for reportedly going on a rampage and undressing women in miniskirts.

 

 

 

What are your thoughts regarding this law? Do you think the women are right in standing up for themselves by protesting? Please, share your thoughts with us in the comment section below or tweet me @LindaAmaechi.