The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga says she Wednesday received a petition from the organizers of the “Ms Curvy Uganda” beauty pageant.
“Their position is that the pageant should be looked at like any other beauty pageant,” Kadaga told plenary.
Kadaga said it is important for Parliament to promote equality and not to discriminate any individual, agency or department in Government.
“I don’t see any problem with Ms Curvy beauty pageant.”
On Miss Curvy beauty Pageant, Kadaga said, “my view members, is that if we insist on this position, we will be discriminating against the big/curvy ladies. For small ones we are okay for big ones we are not okay. They asked me to ask you to understand their position.”
Hon Jovah Kamateka said decency is key when it comes to beauty competitions.
She said most of the participants in Miss Uganda beauty pageant are young girls whose bodies are intact.
“What surprises me is that some of the contestants I saw on Ms Curvy beauty pageant are mothers!”
She added: “Some of the women we saw displayed on TV for miss curvy were mothers, we would like to promote the decency.”
Hon Betty Nambooze asserted that even mothers need an opportunity to participate in a beauty pageant while Kadaga insists that miss curvy contest is an issue of human rights.
“You can’t say if you are fat, you can’t participate in a beauty contest,” Nambooze pointed out.
This came after women activists petitioned Kadaga protesting the statement made by the Minister of State for Tourism, Hon. Godfrey Kiwanda referring to women as tourist attractions.
The Executive Director, Uganda Women’s Network (UWONET), Rita Achiro said the Minister made statements which are a reversal in the strides made towards women’s rights and gender equality in Uganda.