Uganda: Curvy women branded 'tourism products'

Curvaceous women as a product is the latest

Minister Kiwanda under his slogan Tulambule-Uganda launched the campaign targeting both local and foreign tourists to visit Uganda and among others view the curvy and bummy women.

"We have naturally endowed nice looking women, who are fantastic to look at". Their beauty is unique and diverse. That's why we made a decision to use the unique beauty, the curves.to make this beauty a product to be marketed along with what we already have as a country ranging from nature, the language and food, to make it a tourist attraction, ' Kiwanda told AFP.

"The victor of the Miss Curvy contest was to be part of our tourism campaign brand using beauty as one other product of tourism".

Kiwanda is not the first legislator to make controversial statements against women.

"Miss Curvy Uganda's deliberate and calculated use of my image and likeness to promote and encourage the violation of women's bodies has defamed my character and reputation, damaged a brand I have worked for many years to establish and subjected me to unwarranted and underserved cyber bullying".

The petition was created by Primrose Murungi, a Ugandan woman, who says she feels personally attacked by the minister's comments and the pageant.

Sexy women is the latest aspect Tourism ministry hopes will generate more revenue.

She described the plans as "totally unacceptable and demeaning" and said that if the campaign was not stopped immediately, petitioners would take their case to court.

She has called for the cancellation of the contest and demanded an apology from Kiwanda.

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"This is degrading of women", she said.

"In Uganda, curvy women are now tourist "products" as if zoo animals". "It is not fair to women, and girls growing up because it undignifies them".

While Winnie wrote: 'Will they put these women in a cage for the tourists to see?' They also love viewing the River Nile, crater lakes and mountains. "Why don't we use these people as a strategy to promote our tourism industry?" he posed.

While CKandi said: 'The country should look for better ways to represent Uganda to the world.

Kaberamaido Woman MP Veronica Eragu said the curvy campaign was a cheap way of promoting tourism.

Meanwhile the head of Uganda's Anglican Church added that the pageant "is a disgusting display of exploitation and brings shame upon our families and our country".

Kiwanda at the launch of the campaign.

It is against this background that the women MPs under their umbrella Uganda Women Parliamentary Association (UWOPA) and activists under the Uganda Women's Network (UWONET) have started punching holes in a campaign that has resuscitated enthusiasm in the tourism sector.

Uganda already boasts stunning scenery, national parks, and a wide variety of wildlife.

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