Monday, February 24, 2014

Anti porn act, anti gay law...miniskirt ban in between

I was awake all night on twitter reading, retweeting and reading and following the arguments going on and on about the anti gay bill that was signed in Uganda at 1.56pm EAT approximately, making homosexuality illegal, the Anti porn bill was passed into law days earlier .
for some reason there has been an incredible amount of concentration on the mini skirt. its not even mentioned in the bill, so where did it come from? read here
I was absolutely aghast to find out that law makers had given men ( and I don't mean men sitting in offices in swiveling chairs) no , men in the park, down town Kampala to literally harass any woman wearing a skirt...I definitely would have said , 'nooooo, no one can okay that, until Bukedde news paper did have evidence of it
"An onlooker is moved to attack [a woman wearing provocative clothing]", Minister Lokodo has said, "He is a criminal but he was also provoked and enticed".

a woman is literally undressed in the taxi park and a pack of gawking men mock her. simply because she was wearing a mini skirt. 
an interesting comment on this on Facebook was, the men should have given her a shawl to cover up the uncovered part rather than take away what little she already had on.
further more knowing that men like these will relish in the freedom given them to do this violates women's rights, capitalizes on fear and dominance over the woman in a world that already exerts it.
with the vague implications against immorality in the bills, one wonders if any sensitization will take place to help people understand what they have been pulled into. Are we sure we can handle this?

as part of a campaign and demonstration to end abuse of human rights and in this instance of women, some Ugandans took up the cause and started a page to voice their concerns to lawmakers on the insensitivity mated out to women folk 
According to the page, a peaceful demonstration is to be organized for Wednesday, a go ahead given by the Police, from the Central Police Station in .
In less than 12 hours the page had already garnered 1500 members both  men and women talking about the bills all together and the violence perpetrated as a result thereof.
To be a part of this on Wednesday 26th February 2014, do go to facebook and like the page 'END Mini-skirt Harassment' or click Here 
Have you read the anti pornography Act? 
what are your views on it ?

6 comments:

Don said...

HEy. I'm not sure I even understand why men are ultimately allowed to harass women in mini-skirts. That is troublesome to say the least. I imagine once the right women stick a few screwdrivers into the necks of men that are threatening rape, then the law will be quickly revised.

lulu said...

Iam so against hypocrisy and thats why iam enraged. There is alot of social conventional norms that we term as morally right thats broken down in the ugandan society already and for the law makers to deal with the root of moral degradation right. They are inciting abuse. The sensitization of the anti porn bill in place hasn't been properly explained to the public, and unless that is done to a none reading society. The problem of misunderstanding a message from thr minister will inadvertently lead to this hate violence against women.

lulu said...

You r right don. Lol. How u doing

Don said...

Yes I too believe they are inciting abuse. In a perfect world, I'd probably look at things differently. But knowing the world in which we live...definitely the root of moral degradation.

Everything is fine. How are things with yourself? Enjoying this good weather?

lucie chihandae said...

love the weather now Don, dreading summer though, considering the winter we have had

lulu said...

i know