The University of Zambia Library Management has distanced itself from a poster on dress code which warned female students to dress modestly in the Library as dressing half naked disturbed male students.
The University of Zambia Library Management said the poster was not authored by the UNZA library Management and investigations have been instituted so that the culprits are brought to book.This is contained in a press statement released to the media by the University Librarian Christine Kanyengo.
The University of Zambia has no dress code. Tolerance and diversity is the bedrock of the institution. The University of Zambia Libraries will not tolerate old discredited misogynist views in our space the statement read.The UNZA library management unreservedly apologized to female library users for any offence caused.
The poster does not reflect who we are : we are a space that promotes access to all our library materials to people from all walks of life. We urge all our female university of Zambia Library users to feel comfortable when using their library, the statement read.
The Library management reiterated that the University of Zambia is a SECULAR institution built on the principles of diversity and cherished academic freedom. The word University is a derivative of the word ‘universe’ to mean a place where everything is studied, where young people are encouraged to explore the frontiers of knowledge.
In that regards the University of Zambia policies have enabled its female students to excel as reflected in 54% female graduating students and 46% male graduating students at the 47th University of Zambia graduation ceremony of December 2017.