A Ugandan Woman, a one Primrose Nyonyozi Murungi has petitioned government to cancel the freshly launched “Miss Uganda Curvy”, a contest that seeks to determine the most curvaceous woman in the country.
According to Murungi, the new pageant which was launched under the stewardship of the Minister for Tourism Godfrey Kiwanda is aimed at objectifying women.
“It’s 2019 ladies and gentlemen. And a whole board of tourism sat down, discussed and decided to actually pass something like this. Those were men and women with daughters at home. Those were gentlemen married to “curvy” women and dating them. Those were men and women with “curvy” sisters, mothers and friends who sat and actually passed this,” Murungi laments
“They bought mineral water and soda for the meeting they even had lunch while talking about this brilliant idea. And guess what no one said this is objectification of women!! Nope, no one said that this is un doing the work of women activists for the past centuries! No one I mean no one thought that this was a stupid mediocre idea. At first I thought the pageant was to create acceptance for plus size women in society but alas Uganda does it again!” she added.
Consequently, the ‘offended’ Murungi now has started an online petition calling upon Ugandans who are equally offended to sign for the cancellation of the said pageant.
“In Uganda the ministry of Tourism has added “curvy women on the list of “tourism attractions”. They are holding a “miss curvy pageant” to promote this idea. I personally feel attacked. This is degrading of women. In a country where women are grabbed by men while walking on the streets and now they have legalised it by making them tourist attractions is not fair,” she says at the beginning of the petition.
“They are objectifying us and reducing women to nothing. Please sign this petition for ministry of tourism to take down the miss curvy challenge and offer an apology to the public as well,” she adds.
While launching the Miss Curvy contest, Kiwanda reiterated that Uganda has naturally endowed women that are amazing to look at.
“Why don’t we use these people as strategy to promote our tourism industry?” Kiwanda posed.
Kiwanda said that the most pageants have always appreciated slender and pretty faced women, leaving out plus sized females. Hence, the Miss Curvy seeks to appreciate beauty in diversity.