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Twinkle Khanna and Natalia Vodianova at Panel on Gender Equality at SDGs Impact Summit

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Author and producer Twinkle Khanna, otherwise known as ‘Mrs Funnybones’ will join supermodel and philanthropist Natalia Vodianova at the inaugural SDGs Impact Summit on the 16th November for a discussion on the importance of addressing issues around women’s health and gender equality for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Taking place at the Taj Palace in New Delhi, the two champions of female rights will come together for the ‘Let’s Talk!’ panel, moderated by the Indian activist for gender equality Trisha Shetty, for a discussion on menstrual hygiene, reproductive rights and mental wellbeing from the global lens of two social changemakers from different corners of the world.

Through the conversation, Natalia and Twinkle will demonstrate how issues relating to women’s health such as stigmas and taboos, is not just a developing world issue but a worldwide phenomenon. The issue of women’s health is not exclusive to any one country, continent or walk of life, which means it requires a truly global discussion – bridging the gap between the Global North and South. Women are not only more affected by these problems, but also possess ideas and leadership to solve them. Gender discrimination still holds too many women back, meaning it also holds our world back too. 

Both Twinkle and Natalia are famed for using their profile to champion women’s equality. Twinkle recently won the National Film Award for her first production Padman, based on the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham with a strong focus on dispelling taboos around menstruation. She is also the founder and CEO of Tweak India, a digital media platform for the modern Indian woman.

Natalia is also the co-founder of the digital charity platform Elbi India, whose purpose is to change the way younger givers think and engage with charity through its unique rewards-based model. She also created the global platform Let’s Talk in partnership with Elbi and UNFPA, which uses the power of conversation to help break down the taboos and stigmas surrounding women’s health. 

The two changemakers are meeting at the SDGs Impact Summit organised by The World We Want and Times Strategic Solutions Limited which is a global gathering of prolific social pioneers to assess the progress and future direction of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) first established at the United Nations General Assembly in 2015 by 193 world leaders.