Kadaga makes U-turn on Miss Curvy pageant

Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has changed her tough stance against the Miss Curvy contest, telling Parliament that she sees no problem with plus size women taking part in a beauty pageant.

In her communication to MPs at the beginning of today’s plenary sitting, Kadaga said that she had received a petition from the organizers of the Miss Curvy pageant whose position is that , the pageant should be looked at like any other beauty pageant, not one intended to promote sex tourism.

“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 Miss Curvy beauty pageant. Their (organisers) position is that they have a right to organize their beauty pageant, they said it’s not sex tourism” Kadaga said.

Kadaga during the meeting with the Miss Curvy organisers

“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,” Kadaga added.

Kadaga’s change of heart came as she hosted some of the contestants and the organisers of the pageant that had put the Tourism state minister Godfrey Kiwanda Ssuubi into hot soup.

On Monday, Kadaga received a petition from women activists under Uganda Women’s Network (UWONET) who wanted Parliament to stop the contest on grounds that is unethical, dehumanizing and an attack on women’s dignity.

But after listening to Anne Mungoma, the Chief Executive Officer of Miss Curvy Uganda, Kadaga said that the plus size ladies should be given a chance to express themselves and participate in any activity in the country.

She said described attempts to block the contest as discrimination against the plus size ladies in the society.

During the meeting in her boardroom, Mungoma told Kadaga that Miss Curvy is intended to recognise the bold and beautiful plus size ladies,  platform to inspire and impart confidence in  plus sized ladies, and not focusing on the size alone but also the brains. She emphasized that the contest needs to pick an intelligent plus size Ugandan ambassador.