Women to take a back seat in Uganda

A traders organisation in the Ugandan city of Lira blames women in short skirts showing bare thighs for distracting drivers and causing accidents. 

So women have been banned from riding up front in trucks.

Agence France Presse reports that the order prohibits drivers from permitting “even their wives” in the front cabin of lorries.

They say it’s all in the name of safety.

“Some of them wear short dresses which expose their thighs and distract drivers, and the drivers end up causing accidents and people on board die,” Patrick Opio Obote, chairman of Lira’s mobile market vendors group, told AFP.

“The ban takes immediate effect, and all drivers and passengers are complying.”

Women’s rights activist Alice Mugwanya Kabijje described it as clumsy reasoning and proof of how men prefer women to stay in the kitchen.