Kenyans react to Senator Orwoba's dressing code at Senate

The MP accessed the debating chamber wearing ‘blood-stained’ clothes

In Summary

• Most Kenyans were astonished by her great confidence of walking around with stained clothes.

• Kenyans want the government to pass the motion of sanitary towels as free of charge.

Nominated senator Gloria Orwoba
Nominated senator Gloria Orwoba

Kenyans on Twitter have come out in large numbers to support Senator Gloria Orwoba following her dress code on February 14, at the senate.

The MP accessed the debating chamber wearing ‘blood-stained’ clothes advocating for free sanitary pad distribution.

The stain was, however, not of period blood but artificial colouring.

Some Kenyans applauded her great confidence saying that young girls and women should not be criticized when they are on their menstrual cycle.

Others seconded the motion that sanitary towels should be free and the government should pass the bill and finally into law.

Here are some of the reactions from Kenyans: 

On Tuesday, the move by Senator Orwoba to walk into the Senate with blood stained outfit attracted the attention of other senate members who raised the matter on the floor.

Nominated Senator Tabitha Mutinda said that the outfit was very inappropriate and found it very uncomfortable.

“I find it very uncomfortable. Very inappropriate for our colleague Senator Gloria to step in and you don't understand if she is on a normal woman cycle or she is faking it. It is so indecent" Mutinda said.

Nevertheless, Senator Orwoba defended her dress code, saying she experienced ‘periods’ on her way to Parliament.

“I'm just dressed as per the Standing Orders. I'm covered. I have a suit. I have collars. I'm just short of a tie.

She added that most of the girls have been criticized due to their menstrual cycle leading to loss of lives.

“This is the period stigma that is making our girls kill themselves," Senator Orwoba said.

The motion was a target to girls who can't afford the basic items every menstrual cycle.

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