January 20th, 2012
08:03 AM ET

Malawian women protest after attacks for wearing pants, miniskirts

Malawian women protested Friday to demand an end to attacks on those who were stripped naked on the streets for wearing pants, leggings and miniskirts, instead of dresses.

Street vendors accused women of defying cultural norms and attacked them this week in Lilongwe and Blantyre, two of the nation's largest cosmopolitan centers.

"They beat them up and stripped them naked, claiming they did not follow the tradition," said Seodi White, a rights activist and protest organizer. "Attacking women in trousers is an outrage. We are a democracy, they're taking us back to the dark ages."

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  1. Condor

    @ WE THE PEOPLE....... Its old !!!!! Its just a piece of material , with three colors. If you lived in another country at all in your life you would understand that standing behind an image of material is idolatress !!! You seem to think that a flag will protect you . But in reality the only thing that can protect you is the mayheim of out own government if you want to call it american thats fine, but in the final battle that flag will not stop what is going to happen to all of us. Further more that piece of material will not stop a bullet either its just an image no better than anothers flag so take a rest ok

    January 21, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ma & pa

    @ WE THE PEOPLE...perhap we missed something, but the words we learned that reminded us each day of how blessed we were to live in this land were these. I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisable, with liberty and justice for all. ...Punctuation, capitolization and spelling may not be perfect in this comment but those are the uplifting words of freedom we learnd.

    January 22, 2012 at 2:40 am | Report abuse |
  3. ma & pa

    Tradition can be bad or good. The clothes one wears or doesn't wear do not change the character of the person within them. If they did, one could put on good person clothes or bad person clothes appropriate for the task at hand. Kindness and cooperation help to hold the community family together. Those men should have been arrested, punished and forced to pay damages to the women for injury and humiliation,at least.

    January 22, 2012 at 3:25 am | Report abuse |
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