Kenyans advocate for dress code for women
from MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI – KENYANS have reiterated the need for the country to adhere to moral values with most of them advocating for a dress code for women.
This follows a woman in Nairobi, who was stripped by rowdy men for allegedly wearing a skimpy skirt that her exposed parts of her body.
The violation prompted hordes of women in Nairobi to protest the stripping of their colleague.
Hundreds of women protesting with placards took to the streets of Nairobi and Western counties of the country demanding that men stop “violating” women’s rights arguing they had choices to choose what they want to wear on their bodies.
However some women, mostly senior, differed with the young generation commonly known as “Born Frees” arguing that they should dress decently.
Speaking at Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital, Maendeleo ya Wanawake Nairobi county chairwoman, Betty Miyandazi, said women should adhere to the “African morals” of decent dressing for the sake of the future generation.
“I do not support the stripping of women. No woman deserves to be humiliated in any way but women have to be taught the basics of decent dressing to avoid this humiliation.
“We are all children of God who deserve to be respected at all times, but trying to rise above others for our voices to be heard is virtually wrong.
“I was disappointed. I thought women would use yesterday’s platform to sensitize themselves on what decency is instead of putting on mini-skirts and hot-pants,” Miyandazi said.
She also urged young men to treat women with respect.
Miyandazi said the protests, dubbed #MyDressOnMyChoice, was also directed against women for ‘indecent’ dressing.
An elderly, Charles Njiroge, told CAJ News that he would lobby with parliamentarians to enact laws that barred women from wearing clothes that “reveal their private parts in public.”
“Young ladies should learn to value their bodies if they would want other people to value them, but if they don’t value their bodies, then men will never respect them because they (women) don’t respect themselves.
“I will lobby with our Member of Parliament (MP) to enact a law that does not allow women to walk in the public almost half naked,” Njiroge said.
– CAJ News
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