- Published on 04 October 2014
- Written by Staff Reporter
Scores of women dressed in mini skirts and tight fitting clothes on Saturday staged a protest march in Harare against the harassment subjected on women by touts.
For long women and girls who wear mini skirts or dress skimpily have had their clothes torn, been jeered at and have been embarrassed by touts who claim to hold the Zimbabwean culture in high esteem.
Although these touts have their own short comings and are known for being loud-mouthed and defecate at bus termini, they have subjected women to horrendous treatment and denied them their right to dress as they please.
The mini skirt march is the first of its kind to be held in the country and the women marched bravely with the protection of the police in protest and to send a strong warning to the touts to desist from hurling vulgar words at women.
Some of the mini skirts that were worn by the ladies during the march were too short that they fell short of covering the 'fanta thighs'. They were however long enough not to expose the most private part of their privates!
Other women took advantage of the march and exhibited their 'expertise' in rauchy dancing. Some women would even do 'seunononga', leaving men and hwindis with 'wild anacondas' struggling to maintain peace and order in their trousers.
Some dejected brothers who spoke on condition of anonymity said they had been hoping to see the Masalads, the Makedhas, the mazimhamhas-better known as 'dhafu koreras' etc donning skimpy outfits but lo and behold, they did not turn up much to the disappointment of the boys. Only the 'elderly' and some not so attractive ladies (no offence) turned up, some with babies strapped on their backs! Some even had trousers and track bottoms on, thus boggling the mind as to the objective of the march.
Women's rights lobby group Katswe Sistahood director Ms Talent Jumo said women and girls have been suffering for far too long, adding that touts had no right to sexually harass women.
She said her organisation will continue sending the message to the touts advising them not to treat women as second class citizens in their own country.
As the women marched they were given thumps up by some while others looked at them in disgust and called them names.
Some said wearing mini skirts is not part of the Zimbabwean culture, with others saying the march would encourage immoral behaviour which would ultimately fuel sexual harassment and abuse.
The march started at Town House and proceeded to the Market Square and Copacabana bus terminus.
Meanwhile, the 'message' that the ladies intended to send across to men, mainly hwindis and other unemployed city sun busking boys might have fallen on deaf ears as some men could be heard denouncing the girls who were dressed to kill, clad in material-saving skirts, or rather call them mini skirts.
"Trust me they will only wear this sh*t today because if they do it again tomorrow and pass through our rank tomuita kanyama kanyama (we will teach her a lesson). There must be a difference between a prostitute's dressing and a non-prostitute's dress code," fumes a local tout who only identified himself as Kodza.