Today, Archbishop Stanley Ntagali released the following
statement about the proposed Miss Curvy Uganda competition and tourism
“As Archbishop and on behalf of the entire Church of Uganda, we
condemn the proposed Miss Curvy Uganda beauty pageant and urge the sponsors and
partners to cancel it.
It undermines the dignity of women and all that we as a church
have worked for to advance girl-child education and opportunities for women to
take their part in contributing fully to our national and family development.
It is a disgusting display of exploitation and brings shame upon our families
and our country. The government is promoting trafficking to increase tourism.
To present such a programme is to demonstrate how low we have
fallen as a country. We cannot accept it and we insist that It be cancelled.”
On 5th of this month, the state minister for tourism,
Godfrey Kiwanda launched the new beauty pageant, dubbed Missy Curvy in Kampala.
The pageant is meant to show case the wonderful beautiful figures
Ugandan women have. And for this, the minister re-echoed that, this will help lift
the image of big women in Uganda who have always been despised by the community
as compared to slim women who have always featured in all beauty contests.
Ever since the launch, various women groups have condemned the
new pageant saying it degrades Ugandan women.
Yesterday the parliamentary forum on children called for the cancellation
of the competition and ordered Hon. Kiwanda to make an apology before a week elapses.
Kiwanda who is now well known for promoting a number of tourism
packages namely, Tulambule , Ugandan Rolex among others has this time faced it
rough with almost every Ugandan up in arms condemning the new package.
Uganda is well known for having women with nice figure, with
most of them from the Buganda, Busoga, Ankole, Tooro, Bunyoro, Teso regions.