The stigma attached to plus-sized women permeates everywhere across the globe; and of course, Ghana is of no exception.
After years of inactivity to combat the unfortunate act of body-shaming towards such persons, there has been the need to do so now.
It is in this light that Ghanaian social activist Miz Debbie has launched the first-ever anti-body shaming ‘Plus & Proud 101’ campaign.
It aims at giving plus-sized women confidence in the society, while the drive to change the negative mindset of people towards these women continues.
The media personality made this known during a presser which was moderated by Vanessa Gyan, and held on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at Home from Home in East Legon.
According to Miz Debbie, it’s high time plus-sized women take action against the act and its perpetrators by being proud of, and accepting their worth.
“People have been body-shaming us [plus-sized women] for a very long time and I feel that in Africa, true women are plus-size. So it’s about time we accept who we are, and be who we want to be than to be spending a lot of money, unnecessarily, on different kind of teas in the world,” she stated.
Miz Debbie also narrated how a rude Ghanaian public figure called her fat and hippopotamus two (2) years ago. According to her, she found her statement funny because she [Miz Debbie] boasts of natural curves, as compared to the person’s surgically-enhanced body.
The public speaker reiterated that, it then became necessary to prove to Ghanaians that the word is rather ‘plus.’
She also took the opportunity to outdoor ‘The Next Generation with Miz Debbie’ project — an educational tour that will see her talk about sex, relationships, careers, and many more in schools across Ghana.
“It will be a school tour and I will be talking to students about sex, relationships, how to build their careers, and the truth about the world,” she said.
She also added that instead of students schooling and at the of the day demand a white colour job, she will be “teaching them how they will learn a trade, pick up different stuffs to do etc.”
The event was graced by TV personalities Kwame Owusu Danso, and Dzifa Gray, among others. There was a musical performance by Wutah Kobby.
‘Plus and Proud 101’ is a lifestyle of accepting the body and rocking it confidently. Among the list of activities include a health walk, health screening, and seminar.
Source: Yaw Sarpong | PlugTimes.com
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