Port Vila, Vanuatu (PressExposure) August 31, 2009 -- Three of the thirteen Sudanese Women arrested for wearing pants in public, objected to this type of gender stereotyping. They demanded a court hearing, giving the issue world-wide attention. If they lose in court, they stand to receive not only a heavy fine but will publicly receive 40 lashes also.
The problem however, is not limited only to the Sudan. The students at Chapin High, South Carolina, U.S.A., find it unbelievable that the school is enforcing traditional gender roles, through what they allege are antiquated rules.
The principal informed a student that unless she wore a dress, or skirt, she would not be allowed to take part in the graduation ceremony. When Chelsea Sarvis wore a tuxedo to the school prom, there werenât any problems. Chelsea is the winner of the Chapin Spirit Award.
Sarvis said "If I have to walk across the stage in a dress, I'd be completely miserable and that's not how I want to leave high school".
A high school in Delaware backed down when similar matter came to the forefront last month. At the graduation ceremony female students were allowed to wear pants.
On the Fijian island of Bau, In the South Pacific, men are not allowed to wear pants on Sunday. The ban has been imposed by Josefa Baleinasiga, Galoa Village headman, who demands that all the men must wear the traditional skirt, a Sulu vakataga. "The Methodist Church and the vanua also decided to impose the ban as a means of bringing good fortune to the people, as we respect the day of the Lord,â Baleinasiga said.
Baleinasiga said no pants, or clothes are allowed to be seen on the clothes-line on Sunday. He has also banned all travel on Sunday. Anyone breaking the ban will be chastised by the vanua.
Mr Enright from Uniting World, the overseas branch of Australia's Uniting Church, which includes the Methodist Church, stated âAcross the Pacific, we are deeply troubled by what is happening in Fiji and the governmentâs approach".
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