Gender Commission Criticized Over Varsity Uniform Proposal

The Zimbabwe Gender Commission (ZGC) has been criticised for proposing that tertiary education institutions should introduce uniforms for their female students to deal with cases of s_xual harassment against students.

The call was made by ZGC legal and investigations manager Delis Mazambani during a public lecture at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST). She said:

During the weekend, the students can then wear whatever they want, but when attending lectures, they need to be guided on how to dress and this makes it easier for lecturers to pinpoint that according to the university’s policy you are not dressed appropriately.

However, Women’s Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Minister Sithembiso Nyoni said that the issue is not of uniforms but men have to respect women as human beings.

Meanwhile, Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister Amon Murwira said that while Zimbabwe is a free country where people can express their opinions, University Acts have no statutes that regulate wearing of uniforms.

More: The Herald

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3 comments on “Gender Commission Criticized Over Varsity Uniform Proposal

  1. Iwe Murwira iwe

    Is it about law alone or as minister you should have gone further and categorically give an official statement that the education ministry is enforcing laws that protect women and girls, here?

    Female students should be protected more because evidence of abuse is there before your desk.

    Please don’t kill our already troubled education system

    Please don’t be like Dokora

    Don’t be too rigid be flexible.

    Make education institutions safe for women and girls. You have the power to do that.

    Critically look at issues affecting female students and implement appropriate and key changes.

    Do you even have a special help desk for our vulnerable girls and women at the ministry?
    Something special for victims to feel compelled to come seek your help? Ma teacher apedza vana for your own information! Pinda mumaraini umu Murwira uchitsvaga nyaya idzi you will be shocked.


    Hope there can be synergies between the education ministry and the gender commission panobuda something that will improve safety and protection of girls and women in institutions of learning

    There’s hope for our girls and women

    Leave something positive iwe Murwira

    Do something about this issue urgently

  2. I totally agree with Minister Nyoni. It is time for men – every man – to recognise women as a human being and respect their dignity which is God-given. And if Delis Mazambani wants to introduce uniforms for women (heaven forbid) then theie male counter[parts cannot have freedom to dress as they please. Jackets and tie. But who ever heard of a university with a uniform.. Are we trying to create a glorified high school. The crux of the matter is that some women wear outfits to reveal thier beauty; this is never to be interpretted as an invitation to men. Grow up, men

  3. Further to my comment above: Institutions, be they academic or work places, will become safe when men mature!

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