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AFRO-NETS> Swaziland's Parliament: Swaziland schools to ban mini-skirts
- Subject: AFRO-NETS> Swaziland's Parliament: Swaziland schools to ban mini-skirts
- From: Rana Badri <email@example.com>
- Date: Thu, 20 Jul 2000 04:50:25 -0400 (EDT)
Swaziland's Parliament: Swaziland schools to ban mini-skirts
I am forwarding this article to you, because I think it is the re-
sponsibility of the educated Africans, in particularly the health
professionals to raise awareness about how AIDS is transmitted, and
what kind of behaviour increases the risk of contracting it.
I hope that the members of this list-serve in Swaziland, who are
health professionals or activists working on educating the population
to protect themselves from AIDS, can accelerate their effort.
If there is a need, I am sure that we can all help by sending activ-
ists and health professionals in Swaziland some materials to trans-
late in their local language and distribute it in their community. If
we can all unite, we can raise some money too to do that. Some of the
statements and actions done by African governments and leaders are
outrageously ignorant. How can we get anywhere if some of our Parlia-
ments are that ignorant!
I don't mean to offend anyone, but Please lets do something to help
Swaziland be aware of the *REAL* practices that leads to contracting
HIV/AIDS instead of "beating around the bush."
BBC Wednesday, 19 July, 2000, 14:00 GMT 15:00 UK
Swaziland schools to ban mini-skirts
School girls in Swaziland are to be prevented from wearing mini-
skirts from the beginning of next year, in what the government is
portraying as an attempt to halt the spread of AIDS. The House of
Senate has already passed a motion seeking laws to end sexual rela-
tionships between teachers and their female pupils.
But the government blames schoolgirls for enticing teachers with
their short skirts.
The new law requires that girls aged 10 years old and above must wear
knee-length skirts or face expulsion if they breach the ban.
A quarter of Swaziland's population of one million is estimated to
have have the deadly HIV virus and life expectancy is predicted to
drop to 30 years from the present 38.
Talking to the BBC, Education Director Sibusiso Mkhonda said there
was a feeling that "the wearing of short skirts leads to males being
attracted to kids and perhaps eventually leading to more cases of
Explaining the link between short skirts and AIDS, Mkhonda said "If
you are exposing your thighs some people may get attracted to that
and make advances".
In 1969, Swaziland banned all mini-skirts for morality reasons but
the order lapsed because it was difficult to police dress codes in
public. Education officials feel a ban in schools would be easier to
But a language teacher at Mvelamuve School in Lubombo region of South
Eastern Swaziland, Nozipho Dlamini, cast doubts over the implementa-
tion of the proposed laws.
She said, "I feel that it will be a problem to enforce a law like
this one. It will mean that somebody will have to go around the
school checking out on children if they are wearing the right lengths
of skirts or not. What is too short? Dlamini posed, "I don't know".
Swaziland, like its neighbours-South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana,
is struggling with an AIDS crisis.
But Swaziland's efforts to curb the disease have been questioned by
While the mini-skirt debate continues to rage, the country's parlia-
ment has began debating another controversial piece of legislation
considering the mandatory sterilisation of people infected with
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