Mozambique has reportedly banned ‘school uniform mini-skirts,’ a decision which has been met with mixed emotions.
The country’s Noticias newspaper reported that schools have started enforcing the requirement which now makes it compulsory for girls to wear long skirts.
The directive has been welcomed by some teachers, parents and pupils who say the longer skirts give them dignity. However, Noticias reports that some students feel the requirement is simply ridiculous.
A teacher quoted in the news report said the measure is welcome because what has been happening in schools was a real scandal and made the teachers uncomfortable when faced with such situations.
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The ban in Mozambique raises the question: should mini skirts be allowed in schools or should they be banned?
The issue of miniskirt is a controversial and highly divisive topic. Last year, Zimbabwe’s First Lady, Grace Mugabe, caused a storm with her controversial comments attributing some cases of rape to the prevalence of mini-skirts.
Women across Africa have been fighting against practices which violate their rights and freedom of choice. Last year, a group of women in Kenya marched for their right to dress as choose – without fear of rape or slut-shaming – under the hashtag #MyDressMyChoice. The march came in the wake of the public shaming of a woman who was dressed in a short skirt.
In another case, last year Sudan detained 10 women for wearing miniskirts and trousers to church. The case was criticised by rights groups as discriminatory and violated the women’s rights.