Lectures Molest You Because Of Your Dressing: Gender Commission Blames Female Students
The Zimbabwe Gender Commission has attracted the ire of many Zimbabweans after it shockingly suggested that female students are being se_xually harassed by university lecturers because of their dressing.
The Gender Commission which is one of the five independent commissions established by the 2013 Constitution said that universities should come up with dress codes for students to reduce incidents of se_xual harassment by lecturers.
Speaking at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) on Tuesday Gender Commission legal and investigations manager Delis Mazambane said,
To make life easier for the lecturer, the university needs to have a dress code policy.
During the weekend, the students can wear whatever they want but when attending lectures, they need to be guided on how to dress and this makes it easier for lecturers to pinpoint that ‘according to the university’s policy, you are not dressed appropriately
This approach did not go down well with many social commentators who argued that the proposed solution blames victims while absolving the true perpetrators of the crime.
Below are some of the reactions from the social media site, Twitter,
An agency that was meant to knock the walls of patriarchy is busy parroting the language of patriarchy. Absolute nonsense.
— Alex T Magaisa 🇿🇼 (@Wamagaisa) October 15, 2019
Young girls and women who wear long and shapeless dresses have been raped – so this is really nonsense and a sign of lack of understanding that is scary. Will the gender commissioners also ask for a dress code for babies and toddlers that get raped? I find this so triggering. https://t.co/2nOyqyGSoD
— Grace Mutandwa (@GraceMutandwa1) October 15, 2019
Rapists are the problem. Not clothes. #NoMeansNo #StopVictimBlaming @advocatemahere @Wamagaisa @AdultRapeClinic @MUSASAZIM @WCOZIMBABWE @rose_hanzi @SirNige @vanyaradzayi @NLWomensrights @capitalkfm @tagalife pic.twitter.com/BW1L4i4XEY
— Dutch Embassy Harare 🇳🇱 (@NLinZimbabwe) October 16, 2019
What an insane agenda,really for how long will women be held responsible for the actions of men?
— Mandyie (@MandyMthimkulu) October 15, 2019
Saka motointroducer dress code everywhere because those lecturers live in communities foh
— Clive chimimba (@chimimba99) October 16, 2019
Why would you want someone lecturing who can't control themself? Remove sexual predators from environments where they are exposed to young and vulnerable women.
— Havoc Base (@dragonflystux) October 15, 2019
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