Court threatens to charge Civic Leader for wearing sleeveless attire

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Civil Rights

Sarah Longwe

Activist Sarah Longwe who is also Chairperson for NGOCC has narrated how she was threatened of contempt of court charge for wearing a sleeveless attire, reports Zambian Eye Correspondent in Lusaka.

Ms. Longwe narrates that this happened on Friday at the Magistrate Court in Lusaka.

She reveals this in a post on her facebook account Sunday evening urging human rights activists to get involved and stop what she describes as “offensive dress code”.

“They also told me that next time I may be charged with contempt of court if I again dressed in a sleeveless attire or if I wore a pair of jeans to Court,” writes Ms. Longwe.

Below is her full narrative:

This is me below outside Magistrate Court Room 7 at Lusaka Magistrate Building on 22nd March 2019, getting fresh air because the Courtroom was parked full.

Whilst there, a Court 7 Interpreter official asked me to cover my shoulders because of their Court Dress Code. I refused of course. I later sought clarification from other court officials on a notice for the dress code to the members of the public. They had nothing to show me, but they said that they were instructed to stop people from entering court rooms if they were indecently dressed.

They also told me that next time I may be charged with contempt of court if I again dressed in a sleeveless attire or if I wore a pair of jeans to Court. I also consulted some women lawyer activists, but they too like me, weren’t aware of this court dress code.

So, it’s necessary for human rights activists to get involved into stopping this offensive dress code. In my opinion, this it’s an infringement on people’s human rights of their freedom of expression.

Unfortunately the womenfolk will be targeted most because of the entrenched patriarchal culture in our society. I also urge the members of the public to be aware of this retrogressive and arbitrary dress code and to speak up whenever they fall prey of it.

Aluta Continua.


6 Responses to Court threatens to charge Civic Leader for wearing sleeveless attire

  1. You are too old to dress like that to start with. How are you going to teach your own children more also grnad children? That is seriouly moral decay of a person of your status in society! Shame on you SARAH

    patrick banda
    March 25, 2019 at 11:36 am

    • She will teach her children ubuntungwa noti ukuikakilisha kutumafunde twabula relevance or progress

      March 26, 2019 at 4:36 pm

  2. You don’t have to speak with someone for you to read how crude and foolish they are. You just have to look at how they are dressed. Have you ever heard Bembas say ‘Abakulu ichipuba?’

    Why would a mother be dressed in a Jean and sleeveless top and venture out to a public place?
    Insoni is the beginning of wisdom. A lack of a sense of shame is a mental disorder.

    March 25, 2019 at 12:33 pm

  3. These comments. WHO decides how old someone else is to dress for anything?
    A bunch of old sexist men don’t get to decide how any one dresses.
    If there is a dress code for court, let that be clearly stated and be applicable to both men and women. Not some man deciding arbitrarily what a woman can wear and when.
    What should matter is her performance in court, not her appearance.

    March 25, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    • To have biases you dont have to be old

      March 26, 2019 at 1:43 pm

  4. Most Zambians have grown up under authoritarian cultures of intolerant political leadership or male patriarchy. This can be reflected in Jerabo and Patrick Banda’s very judgemental sentiments especially regarding women. They are so self righteous and chauvinistic they think they can prescribe what a woman must look like. Where is it written that women must not wear jeans or sleeveless dress? In male sexists’ heads. Insoni is the beginning of wisdom? Kwisa? Insoni is often arising because you have imposed your biases on me and Im failing to adhere to them so Im embarrassed. That is not wisdom. Just shut up if you have nothing to contribute to progressive society. Women should not be repressed

    March 26, 2019 at 1:41 pm

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