The new campaign was presented by the minister himself on Wednesday. At the press conference flankerades Godfrey Kiwanda by a number of women.
Uganda is a land blessed with beautiful women. Their beauty is unique and versatile. We have decided to use this beauty, the curvy beauty as a product and a tourist attraction that can be marketed along with everything else we have in our country, " said Godfrey Kiwanda at the press conference, according to AFP.
is to start a beauty pageant which will be called ”Miss curvaceous Uganda”. Women aged 18 to 35 are invited to participate in the competition, to be held in June, writes The Guardian.
– the Winner should then be a part of our campaign to use beauty as a tourist attraction, explained the minister during the Wednesday.
the Ugandan women have protested sharply against Godfrey Kiwandas new campaign and many have called for his resignation.
– It is perverse. To believe that women can be used as sex objects in the time we live in now is absurd and we strongly condemn it, " says Rita Aciro, executive director of the Uganda network of women to the AFP.
– Women in Uganda are being attacked on the streets. What will happen now when the government confirms the stereotype that women are sex objects that can be affected anyway and even become a tourist attraction, " says Primrose Nyonyozi Murungi, entrepreneur and activist.
say to the AFP that if the campaign is not stopped immediately, they will take the case to trial. In addition to Kiwandas departure requires she an apology from the government to the Ugandan women.
within the government , the sharp criticism levelled against the campaign. The ugandan minister for ethics and integrity, Simon Lokodo, has said that the race ”definitely can't be kept”.
– It is shameful. I condemn it strongly. It devalues women and totalförstör their integrity. You can't attract people from abroad to study your own people's physiognomy, "says Simon Lokodo to The Guardian and continues:
" It's just like the striptease, which is available in the bars. It reduces completely to the woman to the toys for entertainment.
reining in the anger that his newly launched campaign to wake up in the country. In a statement, underlines the minister that the campaign was not meant to disparage women.
"We have a message to spread to the outside world on the different curves that our women have, which we see as a tourist attraction," says turismministern.