Selma the brave

28 June 2019 | Columns

This week, Miss Namibia 2019 Selma Kamanya bravely and boldly made shocking allegations of lack of support and abuse that have characterised her reign.

Kamanya bemoaned, among others, a lack of financial support, including during her preparations for the Miss Universe pageant. Since then, four other former Miss Namibia title-holders also came forward and shared similar experiences. In a New Era report, Miss Namibia 2016 Lizelle Esterhuisen also shed light on a body-shaming she allegedly experienced at the hands of the Miss Namibia organisers.

These revelations are startling for an event that presents itself as one that celebrates women and seeks to empower them. As the pageant gears up for its 2019 edition, we need to ask ourselves where we stand in light of these allegations. This is a question that should also be posed to corporate sponsors, the event's patron and other interested parties. Silence, in the face of abuse and exploitation, makes one complicit.

Around the world, women and girls are leading important conversations about creating a world where they can have their voices heard.

Selma's voice, which is calling for respect and the appropriate treatment of Miss Namibia winners as national ambassadors of this country, is also an urgent plea to have their dignity protected.

This call also rings true for treatment in the workplace, in lecture halls, in schools and in our communities.

Body-shaming has no place in our world today, but it thrives. Critics will argue that it is the role of the Miss Namibia organisation to make sure that winners remain in the required shape.

However, not celebrating all shapes and sizes, shouldn't have a place in our modern society.

Instructions and/or comments that plant the seed of shame and humiliation are abuse in themselves.

We are cognisant of the fact that the organisers have the right to defend themselves and that they cannot be seen as guilty on all counts, simply because allegations have been made.

However, the debates are happening fast and furiously, so let everyone be heard.

Similar News

 

A fish rots from the head

3 hours ago | Columns

“A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes,” Mark Twain once said.In the end, truth will...

Voting on empty bellies

1 day - 13 November 2019 | Columns

Three children have died from malnutrition at Amarika in the Omusati Region during the past three months, while an investigation by Namibian Sun has found...

Spare a thought for students

2 days ago - 12 November 2019 | Columns

Namibians students have been greatly unhappy this year. And seemingly, no one has been listening. In fact we wonder if those at whom the student...

Dealing with indecision

2 days ago - 12 November 2019 | Columns

Evany van Wyk I have always been and will continue to be honest about my utter inability to make a decision. It’s something that just...

We need to embrace the Cloud

6 days ago - 08 November 2019 | Columns

Syed Asad Abbas There’s a lot of hype about the Cloud, however what comes to mind when you hear that your software will sit in...

Panga attack should wake nation

6 days ago - 08 November 2019 | Columns

Yesterday 26-year-old Sam Nauyoma Petrus appeared in the Ohangwena Magistrate’s Court amid extraordinary scenes of his out-of-tune behaviour.Petrus is accused of killing all but three...

When things go south

6 days ago - 08 November 2019 | Columns

Frank Chikane's book 'Eight Days in September: The Removal of Thabo Mbeki' gives a riveting, behind-the-scenes account of the removal of Mbeki as the neighbouring...

Our rape crisis

1 week ago - 07 November 2019 | Columns

Today we carry some shocking revelations from rapists about why they forced their victims to have sex.Among these were being under the influence of alcohol...

Between rights and terrorism

1 week ago - 05 November 2019 | Columns

Reports that some people who just returned to Namibia from exile in Botswana recently have crawled back into their political cocoons to demand the cessation...

What’s his deal?

1 week ago - 05 November 2019 | Columns

Elizabeth JosephAlthough I have never voted, I think everyone should at least have an idea of who to vote for. I don’t. Everyone has been...

Latest News

Namcor ready to run fuel...

3 hours ago | Business

The Petroleum Corporation of Namibia (Namcor) expects to take delivery of the strategic fuel storage facility next month, a company official has told Namibian Sun....

How the 'sharks' were netted

3 hours ago | Fishing

An international scandal has erupted with an exposé of more than 30 000 documents released by WikiLeaks which show that an Icelandic fishing company, SAMHERJI,...

NSFAF explains payment woes

3 hours ago | Education

The Namibia Student Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) has blamed the delayed payment of non-tuition fees to students on the unavailability of funds and its internal...

Hospital ­denies Itula ­allegation

3 hours ago | Health

The regional directorate of health for Ohangwena has denied an allegation by independent presidential candidate Panduleni Itula that a patient at Eenhana district hospital had...

Devil's claw under threat

3 hours ago | Environment

The increase in illegal grazing in the Nyae Nyae Conservancy and Community Forest, as well as illegal fences in the N#a Jaqna Conservancy and Community...

More dark days ahead

3 hours ago | Sports

The Fifa normalisation committee says it still has to consult its lawyers before making a decision on the way forward for the Namibia Premier League...

Mining tourney hailed as a...

3 hours ago | Sports

A three-day tournament that featured different mining employees from across the country, which took place at Otjiwarongo from Friday to Sunday, has been described as...

They have to go, says...

16 hours ago | Crime

Staff ReporterHighly placed sources indicated this morning that President Hage Geingob is planning to jettison justice minister Sacky Shanghala and fisheries minister Bernhardt Esau from...

Namibian arrested in Malaysia for...

1 day - 13 November 2019 | Crime

A 26-year-old Namibian man has been arrested in Malaysia on suspicion of strangling and dismembering his Nigerian girlfriend. The man was arrested on Saturday in...

Load More