Lobregat slams ‘high heels’ idea for policemen, soldiers PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 March 2016 11:40

District 1 Congressman Celso L. Lobregat on Tuesday expressed dismay on  the celebration of the Women Month on Monday  in Zamboanga City in which policemen and soldiers were told to wear women’s footwear like high heels and stiletto.

“I would never have allowed this during my watch,” Lobregat said after seeing pictures of policemen and male military personnel wearing high-heels in a walk spearheaded by the City Government of Zamboanga and the National Youth Commission in celebration of “Women’s Month”.

Lobregat added “To me, this is very disrespectful and an insult to our men in uniform. While we have always supported gender equality and activities promoting women’s rights, requiring our men in uniform to wear women’s high heeled-shoes in a walk/parade is going too far”.

The congressman cited Letter of invitations signed by Mayor Maria Isabelle G. Climaco addressed to various offices including various departments of the local government units, military and police, as stating:

“In Her Shoes is a symbolic activity where men will walk in women’s high heeled-shoes to understand and reflect on the plight/struggles of women in the society. Walking in heels is also a representation of men’s solidarity for the promotion of gender sensitivity and equality”.

Lobregat asked: “Since when is it a plight/struggle for women in society to wear high heels? Women wear high heels because they chose to do so and nobody forces them to do it. But to force men especially our soldiers and policemen to publicly wear high heels in a walk/parade is embarrassing and distasteful”.

The mayor’s letter invitation continued:

“As Chairperson of the Gender and Development (GAD) Program of the city, we invite you and your students/staff on Monday, March 7, 2016, for the simultaneous conduct of In Her Shoes program in the country.

Kindly send a minimum of 20 males to participate in this endeavor carrying with them the high heeled-shoes that they will wear during the walk. The walk will start at Paseo del Mar at 6:30 in the morning and will end at City Hall grounds where a short program will be held”.

Lobregat stressed that it would have been enough for our policewomen and lady soldiers to join the march in their high heels if they chose to do so and for our policemen and male soldiers to join the march. What happened during the march gives a very wrong impression of our policemen and soldiers. (Dexter Yap)