No Country For Women

This post was written by our Thursday’s Space friend, Pattie and first appeared on her blog.

Every once in a while you encounter a person who is so questionable that there is no word in any language that can aptly describe their character. You want to call the person an idiot but then you realize that would be an insult to the word.

A few days ago, a certain Ronald Kibuule, Minister for Youth Affairs in Uganda proved to be such a person. While addressing youth, Kibuule said, “I have talked to the IGP and the police in Kampala to see that if a woman is raped they look at how she was dressed. Most women currently dress poorly especially the youth. If she is dressed poorly and is raped, no one should be arrested,” When he was called to verify the reports, he stated that, “indecent dressing was “an open invite to rapists”.”

What’s this!? If dressing is the issue, then how come we have children in diapers, covered up from neck to toe in their onesies getting raped? How come we have fully clothed women, with only their faces exposed getting raped? The problem has never been one’s dressing. It’s people who think that a woman’s body is their stomping ground and that women were created solely to fulfill their every sexual urge. It’s the rapists. It’s people, especially in positions of power, like Kibuule, who encourage rapists, cheer them on and protect them, all without missing a beat.

So indecent dressing is “an open invite to rapists”? Really!? How so!? Rape is not something that victims go looking for. It has never been and it will never be. It’s not an experience that people wake up thinking they want to go through. The fact that Kibuule’s brain processed that statement and allowed his mouth to actually verbalize it is very scary. It’s even more disturbing to know that there are people out there who support him and share his views. What’s worse, Kibuule insinuated that women who dress indecently and are raped should be charged. I mean really!? This man is just something else.

How long will such madness continue!? When oh when will women stop being violated and treated like disposable objects!? Something’s gotta give.

There have been calls for Kibuule to explain himself over his views. I am not sure what explanations people are looking for because it is pretty clear where he stands when it comes to rape and by extension his opinion of women. How can he possibly explain away such statements!? It’s time we stop condoning our leaders’ life-endangering utterances, attitudes, actions and behavior. We really don’t need such people in positions of power and influence.

Please sign the petition demanding Kibuule’s resignation. I would expect him to do so voluntarily but as you can deduce from his utterances he is not that kind of person.

Rape is not a women’s only issue. It’s everyone’s issue. You don’t have to imagine the victim as your mother/aunt/sister/cousin/girlfriend/fiancée/ wife either in order to empathize and advocate against rape and rape culture. All you need to know is that women are human beings and their violation is unacceptable and can never be justified.

To you Kibuule, you are a danger not only to women but to the entire human race. Please find the darkest corner, sit there, reevaluate your life space and take a vow of silence…FOREVER.

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