Mini skirts not invitation to rape—Nana Konadu

By: Delali Sika
Nana Konadu
Former First Lady of Ghana, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings

FORMER First Lady, Nana Konadu Agyemang Rawlings, has stated that women wearing skimpy clothes should not be a reason for them to be raped.

There was an uproar when the former Minister for Gender, Otiko Afisa Djaba, said girls should stop wearing short skirts because they could be a contributory factor for their being raped.

She was widely slammed for her comments with her critics citing that clothing women wear should not be an invitation to rape them and the former First Lady, Nana Konadu in an interview on Metro TV's Good Evening Ghana, agreed saying she sees nothing wrong with women wearing mini and they should not be abused because of that.

Nana Konadu was on Good Evening Ghana to promote her new book, It Takes A Woman when she was asked to share her thoughts on the issue.

She said, “I don’t…no I don’t. I was one of the people who said it was wrong for people to think that because a style is in fashion, it makes the person who wears it bad.”

“No, that is not it. The person just wants to be fashionable and wear a mini skirt, why not? It is fashion and should not be a basis for people to want to rape girls. That is dangerous,” she told the host, Paul Adom Otchere.

The Founder of the 31st December Women’s Movement also said during her time as a student of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), she also wore miniskirts but didn’t wear hot pants.

“They were wearing hot pants but I never wore hot pants anyway. They were wearing hot pants in school, after the miniskirts then came the midi and the maxi. Miniskirts yes but the others no,” she stated.

It Takes A Woman is the first of four books from Nana Konadu that will provide deep insights into her political activism and experiences.

The 331-page book chronicles the life journey of Mrs Rawlings from her younger years in 1948 and tells the story about the formative years of her outspoken advocacy for women empowerment to being the founder of the National Democratic Party (NDP).

Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings was the First Lady of Ghana from June 4, 1979 to September 24,1979. Then from December 31, 1981 to January 7, 2001.

In 2016, she became the first woman to run for President of Ghana on the ticket of her NDP ticket.