Police said that in order to minimize attacks on female officers, they are considering a request by top to redesign the uniform. The changes will see female officers wear uniforms designed like ordinary women suits, have head capes that appear more like head veils and light shoes.
Uganda Police Force has resolved
to redesign the female officers uniform to enable them to appear more decent
and avoid social rage.
Assistant Inspector General of
Police Asan Kasingye, also the chairman of the Police Uniforms Committee said
that several female police officers have been bullied and harassed both online
and offline because of their dress code.
Many of the women, especially in
the traffic department don ill-fitting white uniforms designed to fit men’s
bodies rather than designed for a woman’s body. The shirts are big with large
pockets while the pants have a longer rise, that puts the duty belt above the
natural waistline. To many, they are too
tight and create a tatty appearance which has exposed them to victimization by
Police said that in order to
minimize attacks on female officers, they are considering a request by top to
redesign the uniform. The changes will see female officers wear uniforms
designed like ordinary women suits, have head capes that appear more like head
veils and light shoes.
Kasingye said the process of
redesigning uniforms for female police officers is almost complete.
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Kasingye was speaking at the
sidelines of senior female officer’s conference that started on Friday in
Kampala. More than 50 senior female police officers ranging from the rank of
Assistant Superintendent of Police to Senior Commissioner of Police graced the
He added that the police force envisages
starting child care centres at police headquarters, divisions and stations to
support young mothers within the force. However, he hastened to add that the
plan is affected by a limitation of resources. Police also plans to have a
fully-fledged gender directorate.
The request to have child care
centres was presented by ASP Beatrice Auma, the head of Telecom Services at the
Directorate of Information Communication Technology –ICT. ASP Auma and her
colleagues also demanded women inclusion in top leadership in order to increase
their participation in decision making.
Joseph Kato is currently a Master's candidate at Makerere University. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Kampala International University, a Diploma in Journalism and he's also a graduate in Guidance and Counseling.