This year from November 25th to December 10th, the world marked 16 days of gender based violence with countries around the world showing solidarity in different ways to raise awareness.
Closer home, the Ugandan police who are synonymous for violence and sexual related allegations took the region by surprise when police men were seen in public wearing heels and carrying handbags in a walk that was organised by the civil society groups to create awareness on Gender based violence.
In the campaign that was dubbed ‘Walk a mile in her shoe’ these ‘policemen showed their support to end violence against women by literally putting themselves in their shoes.
Uganda is a country that has boldly set itself apart from the gay syndrome even with extreme punishments promised to those who profess to be gay in public or otherwise. This move by the police to adorn themselves with ladies wear seen as bold and daring.
The gesture however was received with critiscm and applause in equal measures. While some were impressed by the act of the uniformed men some were downright disgusted by the attempt by the men to look like women just to pass a message.
Will there come a time the Kenyan police will be seen on the streets of Nairobi in heels in a bid to raise awareness for the girl child? That would sure be hilarious.