LDC Student Protests Over Mini Skirt

Joaninne Nanyange was kicked out because of her dress code

The Law Development Centre (LDC), viagra a higher institution of learning that offers the Bar Course leading to the award of the post-graduate Diploma in Legal Practice has been pinned in marginalization of women, Chimp corps report.

The institution, according to one of the students Joaninne Nanyange, also Human Rights activist, has put stringent rules that dictate specific dress codes for women saying that some clothes would cause their male counterparts to lose concentration in class.

Nanyange, in her social media complaint claims she was barred from accessing the classroom by two uniformed police officers who said her skirt was “too short for LDC standards.”

“The uniformed woman flagged me down and being the law abiding citizen that I am, I stopped. She asked me to pull my skirt down to see how far down it could go. I burst into laughter. Her request didn’t make sense. She insisted, quite seriously. I told her that was the furthest my skirt could go and there was no need to pull it,” part of her post read.

“The other woman, ever with a very satisfied grin, told me I could not access the campus because my skirt was not long enough for LDC standards.”

In 2014, parliament tabled a bill (Mini Skirt bill) that was intended to bare women from dressing ‘indescently’ in public.

The bill was interpreted by feminists and human rights activists as a violation to women rights, criticized until some of its extreme provisions were removed.

This however, had caused a lot of effect as many women had been harassed by especially bodaboda riders and some of them beaten and undressed in public.

Nanyange notes that the act of LDC and any other higher institutions marginalizing women is indirectly justifying the violations that were carried out against women in 2014.

“But how can we be angry with boda boda men attacking and undressing women for wearing short things when we have institutions that we hold to higher levels of understanding and responsibility fostering cultures that say women are only as appropriate as men say they are?” she wondered.

“How can we, in good conscience, blame Minister Kibuule for saying women that dress indecently should be raped when we have an institution like LDC barring female students from class so the male ones can concentrate?”

“Why should I miss my classes because men cannot control their sexual urges (that is if they are as bad as they are portrayed)? How is that my problem?”

Nanyange says that she had noted the marginalization from the time she was issued the rules and regulations of the institution but couldn’t complain since they had not affected her personally.

“During induction week, the Deputy Director of the Centre, a woman, told us we shouldn’t wear clothes that distract ‘our brothers’ most of whom are married. Having dealt with Ugandan systems, including courts which should know better, I know that until something directly affects you, you are not allowed to complain about it,” she wrote.


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