[ View the story "Ugandan women protest anti-miniskirt mobs" on Storify] Ugandan women protest anti-miniskirt mobs Women's rights activists say new anti-pornography law has become guise for sexual harassment.
The Stream· Fri, Feb 28 2014 07:54:27
#savethemini #antipornograpghylaw #antiminiskirtlaw #getyourfactsstraight #endminiskirtharrassmentinstagram.com
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.instagram.com
The day before the protest, the Ugandan Parliament
the public harassment issue, as Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi said that "indecent" as written in the law should be more clearly defined, explaining:
Hon. Mbabazi said that the term ‘indecent’ as defined in the Act to mean ‘non conformity with generally accepted standards’ is too broad and varies from one person to another.parliament.go.ug
In response to the mob attacks and widespread confusion over the law, many Ugandan women on Facebook and Twitter blamed the media who they say spread the idea of a ban on
The moment one politician decided to relate pornography to short skirts, and the media took it upon themselves to blow it into a miniskirt ban, the result was acts of uncontrolled undressing of women in downtown Kampala, as well as stealing of property in their possession. So which is better? The exposure of a naked woman and the humiliating act? OR having a woman with some clothing around their mid -waist? Which is more pornographic?alonjan.blogspot.se
So we have thugs undressing women in Kampala a city thats generally okay with miniskirt until the ant-porn bill was called anti-miniskirtRosebell Kagumire
@RosebellK @NargisShirazi prob is pple picked up on the miniskirt bit and flew with it (blame it on the media??) but not all of it is badAnn Turinayo
@RosebellK the confusion cozed from the top media houses. Now we a paying the dear price .on hold till June.
Confusion can also be linked to a
of the bill, which took a broad definition of pornography, including banning the exhibition of "sexual parts of a person such as breasts, thighs, buttocks or genitalia". However, that language was removed from the final
of the act
signed by the president, which uses a different
of pornography. According to Irene Ikomu of Parliament Watch Uganda, "This however does not mean that [the law] is any clearer, the act in its definition of pornography now includes indecency as one of its representations. It however does not define what indecency is and thus leaves it vague".
Despite removing the original language, Ethics and Integrity Minister Simon Lokodo has recently
that the current law could see women arrested for wearing miniskirts.
The apparent misreading of the law could be blamed on Ethics Minister Simon Lokodo. He suggested on February 18 the law would ultimately help fight indecent dressing.allafrica.com
In the midst of widespread anger over the recent mob attacks, some Ugandans online say the law has encouraged sexual harassment. Blogger Rosebell Kagumire, calling the law anti-women, told The Stream, "The law itself is ambiguous and an attack on women specifically".
when a woman is undressed in town for wearing a mini-skirt, that is not moral policing, that is sexual harassment! #UgandaMagambo Phillip K
This bill has given every sexual predator ,rapists ,male chauvinists pigs rights to do whatever they want on our daughters,sisters and Mothers! We will rise !Sophialaan Laan
Speaking as a Ugandan woman (Ahem, lady) I have to say that this bill reflects the sentiments of disgruntled men who are in serious need of therapy and/or counseling for their inability to control their sexual urges.emilyjkitongo.wordpress.com
Blogger Mildred Apenyo echoes her sentiments,
We have called what has been happening to women on the street "undressing" but let us stop kidding ourselves and call us what it is, rape. Mob-rape.facebook.com
Others focused on demanding clarification from the government on the law as soon as possible.
There is no where in the Law mentioned mini skirts. The ministry should seriously hasten the process of developing guidelines to operationalize this law so that it helps to end this barbaric act of not respecting humanity.Okeria Jude
the law is not clear. the minister's remarks as regards the clothing and 'exposure of delicate parts' also misled the public. this is the time media shd come out to educate and clear the air.Samson Baranga