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ZBC bans mini-skirts and trousers at work

Bulawayo- The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) has banned all its female employees from wearing trousers or mini skits while at work. 

According to a circular signed by Happison Muchechetere, ZBC Chief Executive officer, and placed at a notice board at Montrose studios in Bulawayo, all female employees are no longer allowed to put on mini skirts or tight trousers while on duty.

Following the directive, a female journalist at the station was recently forced to go back home to “dress properly” by the station manager who ironically is a female boss.

“All female workers at ZBC have been banned from putting on trousers and miniskirts while at work. We received a directive from the CEO and this directive has angered female workers at the company. Muchechetere is violating our freedom to wear what we want as women,” said one female journalist.

The decision to ban women from female workers from wearing trousers and miniskirts is said to have been emanated from an incident where a student reporter on attachment allegedly came to work at Pockets Hill in Harare while scantily dressed.

Male reporters who felt offended by the student’s dressing reported the incident to Muchechetere who reacted by banning trousers and mini skirts. The Chairperson of the Zimbabwe Union of Journalists (ZUJ)’s Gender Mainstreaming Committee, Thelma Chikwanha confirmed the incident and vowed to fight for women’s rights at the public broadcaster.

“We have received complaints from female journalists at ZBC concerning the banning of trousers and mini skirts. We feel this is a clear violation of women’s rights and as ZUJ’ gender Mainstreaming Committee we are taking this issue seriously. Right now we are still investigating the issue’ said Chikwanha.

Of late incidences of sexual harassment have been on the increase at the state broadcaster. Recently a senior manager (name supplied) at the company impregnated a student on attachment but the incident was reportedly swept under the carpet. Source: Radio VOP

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