MP attacks discriminatory dress code for women 

SHARE   |   Tuesday, 30 May 2017   |   By Staff Writer
MP attacks discriminatory dress code for women 

The chairperson of Botswana Parliamentary Caucus on Women Botlogile Tshireletso has condemned the Botswana Parliament for restricting and dictating what women should wear before they could be allowed to enter parliamentary chambers. She was speaking during press conference convened by the Parliamentary Caucus on Women to condemn and speak out against the recent incident which took place at the Gaborone bus rank in which a young lady was jeered at and undressed by a group of people allegedly for wearing what they termed an inappropriate dress. “I was not aware that such requirements still exist and I think it is not right for women to be still denied entry into Parliament based on what they are wearing,” said Tshireletso upon being asked about the motive behind such practices at parliament. Tshireletso took a jab at the parliamentary rules, saying they are discriminatory and abusive women. “Now that you have mentioned it, I intend to speak out against such discriminative practices against women in the next parliamentary sitting,” she fumed. As per parliamentary standing rules women are not allowed to have access into the parliamentary chambers putting on what is termed unparliamentary clothing such as jeans, tights, short skirts and short dresses. This matches the controversial dress code that the Directorate of Public Service Management (DPSM) introduced in 2009.  Women in the civil service are forbidden from wearing clothing that reveal cleavage, bareback, chest, armpits, stomach, and underwear; casual and gym wear including jeans and shorts; and, short and or tight skirts, pants and dresses.