MASERU — Participants in the Face of Lesotho beauty pageant have been urged to stand their ground and fight gender violence.
Likeleli Matubatuba, from the Ministry of Sports and Gender, told the participants at a workshop on gender at Victoria Hotel on Friday that it is in their interests to fight gender violence.
“The overall observation is that the girls have the basics of violence and from today I expect them to be able to stand their ground and be able to help their communities in all issues that affect gender,” Matubatuba said.
The workshop was attended by among others former Miss Humanity International Karabelo Mokoallo, Face of Lesotho 2011 Nomasonto Mphakisoane, Miss Lesotho Teen organiser, George Malelu and Miss Lesotho Companies organiser Limakatso Makutle.
Matubatuba said they had not thought of engaging the beauty industry until they were approached by the organisers of the Face of Lesotho beauty contest.
She said she hoped the workshop had paved the way for a better working relationship between the girls and the organisation.
“I am looking forward to making the girls our gender focal point in institutions of higher institutions.
“We had already planned on engaging higher institution of learning but this has opened channels of working together because we will be working hand in hand with them in our projects,” she said.
The eight beauties will be battling it out for the Face of Lesotho crown at Maseru Mall foyer today.
The competition is being held under the theme: My Pride: I decided it is better to scream, silence is the real crime against humanity.
Tlali Tlali, the organiser of Face of Lesotho beauty pageant, told XpressPeople their main focus this year is in helping girls break the silence against violence.
“We have done different activities that help the needy and others but this year we are looking to break the silence against violence,” he said.
“As ambassadors and faces of the country, I felt the girls need to be part of the process to mobilise the community to understand that modelling is an industry that promotes beauty and not sexual exploitation,” he said.
“All the girls will be ambassadors of gender in their respectful institutions and communities.”
Tlali said all the eight beauties are being groomed to participate in international competitions next year.
“We are going to crown one queen on Sunday but all the girls are going to be trained to qualify for international pageants next year.”