The Menstrual Hygiene Day happened on Friday 28th May and the Shebang Fashion Show climaxed the events at MoTIV.
Menstrual Hygiene Day is a global platform that brings together voices and actions of non-profit organisations, government agencies, individuals, and the media to promote good menstrual health and hygiene.
Friday last week was a day for the whole world to celebrate Menstrual Hygiene Day and Shyaka Lwanyaaga Farid the Founder of Wellbeing Foundation – an organization that advocates for Menstrual Rights and Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights – held a Menstrual themed fashion show.
The fashion show dubbed Menstrual Shebang Fashion show was held at MoTIV located on Old Portbell Road.
Hosted by Malaika Nyanzi, the event started with a panel discussing Menstrual Health and Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights before taking it to the run way.
Different models showcased outfits from different fashion designers including Yasmin Kalungi of Yasmin K, Claire Asiimwe and Kirabo of Bantu Fashion, Aliad Hadija of Aliad Zoe, Margarete Namutebi of Rays Design, Jamila Brown of JB, Shurea Yasmin of House of Shurea Fashion and Musema Robert of Musema Culture.
According to Robert Musema, one of the designers of the evening, his collection was about menstrual periods.
Menstrual periods is a normal vaginal bleeding that occurs as part of the woman’s monthly cycle and Musema had most of his outfits having a touch of red to represent blood.
Another designer Aliad Zoe says the designs of her collection were inspired by the shape of a tampon – a plug of soft material inserted into the vagina to absorb menstrual blood.
Lwanyaaga the organizer of the event said that the inspiration of the show is to fight for equal enjoyment of participation in day to day life and rights.
Lwanyaga believes that menstruators are most of the times affected by beliefs and myths connected to religious and cultural meaning which makes them feel worthless.
The event observed S.O.Ps from sitting arrangement to wearing masks and sanitizing. It started at 4pm and ended at 8:30pm.