The Uganda government will use the days ahead of the World Culture Day on 21st May 2014 to sensitize the population on the Anti-Pornography Act.
Suleiman Madada, the State Minister for the Disabled and the Elderly in the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, says this is the right time to talk to the people about the Act.
Under the law pornography is defined as any representation through publication, exhibition, cinematography, indecent show, information technology or by whatever means, of a person engaged in real or stimulated explicit sexual activities or any representation of the sexual parts of a person for primarily sexual excitement
But Minister Madada emphasizes that culture also includes the way we dress.
There is a public misperception of the Anti-Pornography Act to have allegedly been passed to stop citizens’ women from dressing indecently. Those dressed in what the public conceives as a mini skirt have been undressed by mobs in several towns in Uganda.
Last week two women Prossy Nasuna and Jane Nabukenya spent three hours in a jail cell in Bukomansimbi for wearing miniskirts to court.
The women who had gone to court to attend another court case caused uproar in the court when members of the public challenged the Magistrate to ensure they were not abusing the Act.