Namibians have been reacting to a ban on mini-skirts, arguing that the law is sexist. (Google Images)

written by Kaitlin Higgins 

Margreth Nunuhe of New Era is reporting that, in Namibia, women will soon be arrested for wearing skirts that are deemed by police to be too “short and revealing.” After this statement from Police Inspector General Sebastian Ndeitunga, reactions on social media networks were high. While Ndeitunga claimed that the stipulation is to preserve and “underline the importance of culture,” many respondents have been wondering how in touch with African culture the Inspector General is. Some pointed to the even more revealing dress of some young people today, and others have argued that if the legislation was truly in the name of outlawing un-African clothing, “we must go back to our original African theme of wearing hand made clothes from animal skin such as the Himbas.” Likewise, many agree that such a law is sexist and oppressive and have organized to wear mini-skirts in protest this Friday.

Nunuhe writes:

“Amanda Kaipiti Utjiua said the banning of mini-skirts was oppression towards women, a sexist view and a way of shifting focus from serious issues at hand such as finding Shanduka. ‘We have a lot of things that are unAfrican including the Bible and Christianity which was brought by the missionaries, the clothes, means of transportation and all kinds of machines. Mind you people in the past (we) use(d) to wear clothes made from animal skin, use(d) to believe in ancestors and used to travel by foot or donkey even on cattle’s (sic),’ she said, adding that we have passed the stage of transformation from traditional societies to a modern society many years ago.

‘Holy Saudi Arabia. Why is it that when ‘African culture’ is invoked to justify a repressive measure, it sounds so much like rightwing Christianity? The San and Himba are also African last time I checked. Arresting women for wearing mini-skirts? That’s not a good sign people,’ wrote Rob Parker. “

Read more at New Era and AllAfrica.com.

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1 COMMENT

  1. Our office will not allowed such dresses among elders,or young generation,its dangerously to those who are using drugs and other substances since it does not look legend when mini skirts are being used openly or is this is diseases,but have proffesional doctors in namibia.People should think about our cultural dresses, the law must not allowed such practice in the country, we have huge of raping reports all over each and every month, is this the way our young people will dress or is this the way we are from where were to where the money is taking us? I know the dresses are produced by fashions destinations, but the is no ways youth to do this either at schools or churches premises.Namibia as a whole we should rise about this practical things in our daily lives. We are wondering if they are wearing this in front of their parents or on they absence and so what are the reactions to the families? or otherwise they mental disturb? what if a marriage women are wearing mini skirts in front of the stage?

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