Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Uganda bans bright-coloured hair, mini skirts, tight trousers in public offices

Women in Uganda have previously protested at being harassed if they wear mini-skirts
Public servants in Uganda are facing a strict dress code after the government issued a circular warning them to "dress decently".

Female staff have been told not to show any cleavage, wear brightly coloured nails, braids or hair extensions, sleeveless or transparent blouses.

Men must wear long-sleeved shirts, jackets and ties, while trousers should not be tight-fitting.

Staff failing to comply will be disciplined.

The circular was gotten from Public Service Standing Orders on dress code, put in place in 2010 but has not been enforced.

While women will be allowed to wear pant-suits, they have been warned not to wear any tight-fitting clothing. Dresses and skirts must at least be knee-length.

Uganda is a conservative society and women have previously complained of being harassed if they wear mini-skirts in public.

According to BBC, Adah Muwanga, the Director of Human Resources of the country’s Ministry of Public Service made the announcement on Tuesday.

Below are some of the guidelines:

For Male officers:
  1. Neat trousers
  2. Long-sleeved shirts, jacket and a tie.
  3. No open shoes (except on health grounds/recommendation).
  4. Hair well-groomed and kept short.
  5. Loose fitting trousers
  6. No brightly coloured clothes.
For Female officers:
  1. Skirt or dress that is not above the knees, with a smart long or short sleeved blouse.
  2. No sleeveless, transparent blouses and dresses
  3. Clothing must cover up cleavage, navel, knees and back.
  4. No bright coloured hair in form of natural hair, braids and hair extensions.
  5. Neutral polished and well groomed nails – N long nails with more than 3cms (1.5in), bright nail polish or multi-coloured nail polish
  6. Simple facial make-up simple
  7. Modest accessories

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