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Mixed reactions to mini-skirt march

BUSINESS almost came to a halt in the city centre in Harare yesterday morning as people stampeded to catch a glimpse of protesters who took to the streets to demonstrate and voice their concerns against touts who harass women in miniskirts, especially at commuter omnibus ranks.

BY WINSTONE ANTONIO

Dubbed “Mini-skirt march”, the demonstration attracted about 200 women dressed mostly in mini-skirts and shorts to protest against the continued harassment of women and girls considered to be “dressed indecently.”

Scores of bemused onlookers could be seen taking pictures and videos of the marchers using their mobile phones and tablets.

In their typical style, rank marshals, commuter omnibus drivers and touts followed the marching ladies. But some could be seen retreating as many of the mini skirt marchers were not dressed to their expectations.

However, others followed to Town House where the marchers later gathered.

But sadly and not surprisingly, touts shouted obscene words and called the women prostitutes. They heckled the women as they boarded commuter omnibuses back to their respective homes, forcing police to intervene.   

The march, which was organised by a Women Rights lobby group, Katswe Sistahood, started at Town House before moving to Copacabana and Market Square bus terminuses.

The marchers were carrying different placards with messages criticising touts for harassing women at various bus ranks.

Katswe Sistahood director Talent Jumo said the march was a success as many women joined hands to denounce harassment by touts.

“We seek to reclaim our constitutional right to move freely in an independent country,” she said.

“We are happy that many women joined hands to denounce female harassment by these touts. We denounce the unbearable acts of humiliation and harassment by these touts and rank marshals at different bus terminuses in the country as ladies have the right to dress in any fashion of their choice.”

Cecilia Dengu, who was part of the march, said men should respect the way women chose to dress.

“We cannot say we have enough freedom when some parts of the city are no- go zones for women. That is unacceptable and must come to an end,” Dengu said. I must not be afraid of dropping off at Copacabana because mahwindi [touts] will harass me, but I must be free to drop off where I want.”

The march was however denounced by some touts.

Reason Majanga, a rank marshal at Copacabana said they were not going to tolerate women who walk in public places semi-naked.

“We have schoolchildren who come here on their way to and from school. When they see such dressing from their sisters, what will they learn? We whistle and boo them so that the youngsters will know that such type of dressing is not tolerated in public,” he said.

Rueben Kasirori, a tout at Market Square rank, said the police should not have allowed the march to go ahead.

14 Responses to Mixed reactions to mini-skirt march

  1. Humble landlord October 5, 2014 at 2:41 pm #

    This is Total Madness on th part of our mothers nd sisters. Th woman’s body is sacred nd areas that need covering shud be covered.Not all western ideas shud be practiced in Africa. Shame on this Lobby Group.

    • admiral October 19, 2014 at 9:18 am #

      The woman’s body is sacred ?? how sacred. Look at how fashion has been changing. minis were there in the late 50s and before.(as far as I remember) look at your history and you will learn a lot. how was it when we had no clothes. it was our culture. how was it when western civilization was introduced, culture changed OK so culture can change.

  2. Annoyed by Miniskirts October 5, 2014 at 3:36 pm #

    This was a nonevent as usual. We men cannot support nudity in dressing of women as if we tolerate this one day women will wear leather belts.

  3. david maoko October 5, 2014 at 5:11 pm #

    the reason is as follows, ladies: you women need a good amount of good quality fondling and fumbling so that you are sexually ready for a good lovemaking. May denialists refute this. Unlike women, we men only need to see and we are erect. should the miniskirted girl be beautiful, and in town, to mean in public, a lot of young single men are going to masturbate in the false hope of relieving the painfull erections. although these bare facts may not known to you morden girls who refute your very own mothers advice often, like Joycelyn, your street actions practically amount to gross sexual abuse of the men who eye you. We know exactly what you mean by the nakedness you pretend to fight for – that I am ready, come,… . but only if you are not a vendor. So the undying rough treatment of miniskirted young girls has an unspoken reason. please dress decent and you remain beautiful. your sexually explicit dresses are a most cruel thing indeed.

  4. mukwerekwere October 5, 2014 at 5:19 pm #

    Annoyed by Miniskirts

    Our ancestors used go around nenhembe, were women’s bodies any ‘less sacred’ then? Think man think. Women should wear what they want, your caveman mentality is the problem, not women is short skirts.

    • buffalojump October 12, 2014 at 3:34 am #

      A brilliant comment. I’m a man and agree with you entirely.

  5. studio77 October 6, 2014 at 7:18 am #

    All those are ladies of the night they want to parade their dirty legs in the streets of zimbabwe kkkkkkk

  6. Washington October 6, 2014 at 8:32 am #

    Vanhu weeh ngaticherechedzei panyaya iyi . These are last days . .

  7. crisps October 6, 2014 at 7:55 pm #

    Hunhu netsika ngazvichengetedzwe kupfeka kwechipfambi kwete

  8. Sungano October 8, 2014 at 3:39 pm #

    Those are mad women. Next thing they demand to move around with pants only. Iwo mai Mujuru, Mai Muchinguri, na Mai Mugabe muri kuti kudii ne nyaya iyi. Mbudzi dze madzimai ne wasikana awa let them march to state house Mudhara Gushungo onzi panze pane ma visitors. If Mudhara keeps quiet on things, its a sign of disapproval. Mudhara ndino muziwa. Mudhara aka tanga kukunongai madzimai ari pa Heroes acre, munoti moto wabva kupi.

  9. d ruvinga October 9, 2014 at 4:33 pm #

    let us not b manupulated by western cultures, to those who are loyal to it will definately lose their dignity. haa hameno mai chisamba kuti munoti kudii, what’s our destination as far as our culture is concerned

  10. kwa mutare October 10, 2014 at 3:22 pm #

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  11. tanaka chikuyo October 11, 2014 at 8:53 am #

    yaivanguva yacho i specifically did s research on that,Kare vanhu vaidya mihonga yaidzikamisa miri,makwenzi aiiswa mukudya kwevana kuti ropa ravo risanyanya kumhanya,ikozvino hakuchina makwenzi aya vanhu havachamazivi,2.nhembe kwaitove kushaya ndosakazvainzi murombo haarove chinenguwo,kureva kuti if you are poor u would not be able to catch a meaningful beast say an eland that you could skin and have the skin for clothing chete otherwize mapicture mazhinji chaiwo akare ladies would cover the whole body

  12. soja October 18, 2014 at 10:22 am #

    please proof read your stories.plural of terminus is termini not terminuses.you cant even write correct english low standard journalism.

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