The Ugandan Minister for Tourism, Godfrey Kiwanda, is under intense scrutiny after he announced the Miss Curvy Uganda pageant as a means to boost the country’s tourism. The Minister had recently announced the promotion of the curvy women as part of the Tulambule tourism initiative and he is now receiving a serious backlash.
Minister ‘Godfrey Kiwanda’ has launched a pageant called Miss Curvy Uganda as a tourist attraction. Do you feel Miss Curvy Uganda will attract more visitors or is it exploiting females?! What are your views?!
— #NATLMTD (@NATLMTD) February 7, 2019
Kiwanda had said when speaking to an audience that since the country had naturally curvy and endowed women, it will only be wise to use the pageant as a means of boosting the tourism industry. The pageant which is expected to have its finale in June will be open to women between the ages of 18 and 35.
MP Winnie Kizza disapproved of the idea while speaking to the Daily Monitor, she said women are neither a tourist attraction nor a means for generating money. The executive director of the Ugandan Women’s Network, Ritah Aciro, also condemned the idea saying it was barbaric, backward and abuse of fundamental women’s rights. She went ahead to demand an apology on behalf of women from the organizers of the pageant.
The pageant’s organizer, Ann Mungoma, however, reiterated that the pageant was just a way to publicize the endowment of the real African Woman. It is meant to provide a platform for women to display their intellect and beautiful curves.