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Hundreds of women in Malawi recently protested in response to attacks on women who were beaten and stripped by vendors on the streets of Malawi's capital, Lilongwe, and the country's second-largest city, Blantyre, for not wearing traditional dress.

Officially, a ban on women wearing pants and miniskirts in the African country ended in 1994, but some men in the country believe that wearing such clothing is a sign of loose morals or prostitution.

Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika has ordered that attackers be arrested and has repeated that women have a right to wear any clothing they desire.

Malawi Vice-President Joyce Banda, several MPs, church leaders, university lecturers and other activists attended the January protest.

A sign held up during the gathering read, "Real men don't bother women."

"The reason why I'm here is because I'm in total disbelief that in the year 2012 women are being stripped naked," said Banda.

--BBC

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