Published: Thu, February 07, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Ugandan feminists say beauty competition is promoting sex tourism

Ugandan feminists say beauty competition is promoting sex tourism

"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".

But the tourism minister is now facing accusations that his initiative is promoting sex tourism with women asserting that the pageant depicts them as sex objects.

Ugandan State Minister for Tourism, Godfrey Kiwanda, unveiled the Miss Curvy pageant on February 5, 2019 as part of its tourism products.

According to him, Uganda is endowed with handsome women who can promote tourism.

Ugandan women were outraged at the proposal and have called for Kiwanda's resignation.

"Together with my colleagues of Uganda Women Parliamentary Association, we condemn acts of objectifying and dehumanising women".

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Ugandan entrepreneur and activist Primrose Nyonyozi Murungi launched an online petition to stop the campaign, which she said was "totally unacceptable and demeaning to us".

She demands that the contest is taken down and that Minister Kiwanda offers a public apology for coming up with such an initiative.

Asked if the pageant does not offend the conservative culture of Ugandan society, Mr Kiwanda said Uganda has long appreciated smaller bodied women as a hallmark of beauty and the curvy pageant is just another campaign aimed at appreciating beauty in diversity.

Curvaceous women as a product, is the latest attraction the ministry hopes to attract more tourists and increase revenue earnings. It will be a handsome event where young women will showcase their lovely curves are intellect...

Most tourists visit Uganda to tour national parks for diverse wildlife species such as gorillas and birds among other animals. So curvy women could post on social media and get followers.

Gesturing to the contestants, he said that full-figured women were "the story we sell" to visitors.

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