Dress The Part

"Don't Tell Me How To Dress"

“Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”  (Article 16 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

“Every person shall have the right to freedom of expression.”  (Article 35 of the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi)

“Esther Mbalule, a resident of Area 49 told Nyasa Times that she could not even move an inch to board a bus because vendors were threatening to undress them.  Another Nyasa Times correspondent Wanga Gwede said he saw a woman with her boobs, buttocks caressed in public by the boys.  One of the boys said the sexual attractive ‘see through’ leggings were ‘provocative’ to the men.  ‘This is an exercise to teach women how to dress,’ one of the young boys is reported to have said.”

One of these things is not like the other one.

Read more about male vendors’ attacks on women in the Lilongwe Old Town outdoor market on the afternoon of January 17, and ultimately on women’s right to freedom of expression and other rights included in the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Lilongwe vendors undress women


Read more about Malawian women activists’ reactionary threats to stage a “naked protest” against harassment from vendors, and call to boycott male vendors in an effort to have their rights realized.

Malawi women threaten ‘naked’ protests


Stop stripping women!  Push to boycott male vendors underway



About karissagall

Karissa Gall is a Canadian journalist.

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