On Saturday, October 19th, 2019 during the Reign Concert, songstress Fantana suffered a wardrobe malfunction which got Ghanaians talking
A section of the media was bashed for reporting such incidents and always sharing videos on their platforms.
However, Fantana has confirmed in a press release that indeed she was wearing a sanitary pad which she had to use because 30mins before her performance she started menstruating.
She addressed the issue in a new press release:
Read full report below:
“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.”
Watch her performance below