Rufftown Records new signee, Fantana is claiming Ghanaian Bloggers are body shaming her just because she didn’t allow her menses stop her from performing at Shatta Wale’s Reign Concert/Wonder Boy Album launch.
In a Press Release issued via her Instagram handle, Fantana said she was in her menses and that accounted for the exposure of her white ‘underwear’ on stage.
“Earlier on this year I read an article about the persistent harmful socio- cultural norms, stigma and misconception around menstruation which leads to the discrimination of women and girls in some parts of the world
In some places, menstruating women continued to be viewed as contaminated impure and are often restricted from engaging in certain activities according to research by experts.
The united nations report released on 5th march 2019 quotes ‘ the stigma generated by stereotypes around menstruation have severe impacts on all aspects of women and girls human right’
Despite a lot of awareness going on and efforts by the UNDP to end this discrimination and abuse against young girls and women I was surprised to see some bloggers and a section of the media high light and body shame me because i refused to let my menses stop me from performing when I felt it coming 30 minutes before I went on stage last Saturday at the fantasy dome.
Regardless of my costume being transparent, my only option was to put on a sanitary pad and still go ahead to perform. I am a woman and I’m not ashamed of menstruating.
I want to urge every woman to resist being discriminated against because of menstruation. I hope some people read wide and learn about menstrual health to stop the stereotype against young girls and women.
Yes my menses appeared 30 minutes to my performance and I had to put on a sanitary pad and still go on stage. Menstruation is not a shame and I urge all young women take a cue from my actions and not to let it stop them from doing anything they want to do.”
Fantana despite being shy delivered a stunning performance at Shatta Wale’s Reign Concert last Saturday.
Interestingly, a member of our team who was present at the event disclosed that Fantana’s panties showed mainly because of her short outfit worn.
He added that her case would have been different if she had worn something slightly longer than what she wore on stage that night.
Her explanation however shows it wasn’t intentional and or planned.