Non-Governmental Organizations Coordinating Council (NGOCC) Board Chairperson Sera Longwe says the University of Zambia’s decision to impose a library dress code on female students is an infringement on their freedom of expression.
Longwe told News Diggers in interview that the decision by UNZA management to stop female students from going to study in the school library ‘half naked’ was a form of sexual harassment because the institution had no dress code.
Longwe advised UNZA management to instead teach its male students how to control themselves when seduced.
“Management at the University must not engage themselves in violating the human rights of the female students of self expression. Why are they blaming the women? They should blame the men for lacking self control. It’s their irresponsible male ego which should be blamed. If they haven’t learnt how to control themselves, this is an exercise for them to do it. They should have just ignored it and told the men who went complaining to them to say where is your self control? How are you going to change nappies of your daughters if you just get aroused by legs? No one is moving around with no pants, so it’s all in the imagination of the onlooker, so they should have just told them off instead of encouraging them,” Longwe said.
Longwe charged that the University of Zambia had produced a number of respectable people, both male and female who never paid attention to dress code while studying because they knew their goals.
“This is not the first time that we have had mini skirts paraded at that university. I am a graduate of the University of Zambia myself, and we used to dress in hot pants, we used to dress in mini skirts and we were never approached, told off or anything.