Monday, March 31, 2008

Landmine Main Reason for Pageant

Landmines are devices planted into roads, sidewalks, vehicle paths or wherever you name it in countries where wars are occuring and had occurred.

Such landmines came in various designs and could come as Blast Mines or Fragmentation Mines. When such mines blew up, it would normally destroy any object within 1m to as far as 200m away.

Lots of people have been killed worldwide and if they were not killed, they would have been maimed for the rest of their lives.

Lots of works have yet to be done to eradicate these landmines and a global network called International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) which represents over 1,100 human rights, demining, humanitarian, children's, veterans', medical, development, arms control, religious, environmental, and women's groups in over 60 countries, who work locally, nationally, regionally, and internationally to ban antipersonnel landmines.

In Angola, the government is working hand-in-hand with several local organisations and the European Union in coming up with the Miss Landmine Angola 2008 pageant (see the website on the contestant's profile).

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

The world's first Miss Landmine event is to be held in conjunction with United Nation's International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action on 4 April 2008. The winner of this event would receive a custom-made prothesis from Norway's leading manufacturer.

Reading: Angola to host landmine pageant - BBC News/Africa
Tags: Landmine, Blast Mines, Fragmentation Mines, Anti-Landmine Campaign, Angola, Miss Landmine Angola 2008, Africa, International Campaign to Ban Landmines, ICBL, International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, United Nations, European Union

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