Miss Landmine

18 11 2007

A beauty contest for survivors of landmine explosion in Angola.

(Via BoingBoing.net and subsequently Neatorama.com)

“There are currently no landmine survivors’ networks directed specifically towards women in Angola.

The Miss Landmine project is a possible nucleus for a national female landmine survivor’s network through a CBR (Community Based Rehabilitaion) -programme with practical guidance and support from national authorities (CNIDAH) and international NGOs.

Depending on the level of commitment from local authorities, each participant may be assigned as a Miss Landmine representative in her own province, with responsibilities of coordinating and providing information and assistance to other women in the same situation and monitoring ways of empowerment, such as education and specialized health care…”

“THE MISS LANDMINE MANIFESTO (in no particular order)

* Female pride and empowerment.
* Disabled pride and empowerment.
* Global and local landmine awareness and information.
* Challenge inferiority and/or guilt complexes that hinder creativity- historical, cultural, social, personal, African, European.
* Question established concepts of physical perfection.
* Challenge old and ingrown concepts of cultural cooperation.
* Celebrate true beauty.
* Replace the passive term ‘Victim’ with the active term ‘Survivor'”

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