Former Miss Ukraine Launches Anti-Discriminatory Campaign After Her Title Was Revoked

The Miss World organization revoked her title after they found out she is a mother.

Former Miss Ukraine 2018 Veronika Didusenko was stripped of her title after organizers found other that she is a mother — and now she’s pushing to have the rules changed.

The Miss World organization revoked Didusenko’s title after finding out that she violated two entry rules: that contestants cannot have had children or previous marriages. Despite having a son and having been previously married, she entered the Miss Ukraine pageant, fully aware of the rules, and said she did so to raise her charity’s profile. After being crowned Miss Ukraine, she was on track to compete at Miss World before her title was revoked.

Didusenko then launched the campaign #righttobeamother to challenge what she considers “discriminatory” and “sexist” rules.

“I don’t want to the crown back. I want to get the rules changed for wider society,” she explained on Instagram. “These rules are a systemic widespread and international policy that results in discrimination on large scale across many countries.”

Didusenko claims the policies violate the UK’s Equality Act 2010, which protects people from discrimination based on protected characteristics, including age, race, and sex. She is encouraging Miss World to revise the entry rules leading up to the 69th Miss World competition in London on December 14.