Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Mini Skirt Assault

BBC News reported that last month Nwabisa Ngcukana, a 25 year old female, was attacked by taxi drivers in South Africa because, according to the men, “she was indecently dressed”. The outfit that the men found so objectionable was a mini skirt. “Passers-by reportedly laughed and cheered” while Ms. Ngcukana was being assaulted. During the attack "some shouted that South African women were being given too many rights."

Last Friday, Ms. Ngcukana returned to the location of the assault with other women to protest her treatment and to demonstrate “that women have rights - they have the right to choose what to wear".

This attack and subsequent protest shows a widening division between South African women exercising their rights and the men’s unwillingness to accept those rights.

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