A Ugandan woman has started an online petition to have the Miss Curvy Uganda contest cancelled after the beauty pageant was unveiled in Kampala earlier in the week by the state minister for tourism, Godfrey Kiwanda, as part of an effort to boost tourism.

“We have naturally endowed, nice-looking women that are amazing to look at. Why don’t we use these people as a strategy to promote our tourism industry?” the Daily Monitor reported Kiwanda as asking.

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.

Primrose Murungi’s petition reads: “I personally feel attacked. This is degrading of women. 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.”

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

“They are objectifying us and reducing women to nothing. Please sign this petition for [the] ministry of tourism to take down the Miss Curvy challenge and offer an apology to the public as well.”

– African News Agency

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