Author, columnist, and producer Twinkle Khanna and global supermodel, philanthropist and entrepreneur Natalia Vodianova will discuss the need to address women-related issues to advance Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), at the inaugural event of SDGs Impact Summit on Saturday.
The celebrities, known for raising awareness on women’s rights, will be a part of the ‘Let’s Talk!’ panel during the two-day summit, at Taj Palace, New Delhi, on November 16. The duo will discuss a range of topics, including menstrual hygiene, reproductive rights, and mental wellbeing.
The panel, moderated by Trisha Shetty, a gender equality activist and Founder of SheSays India, is expected to deliberate with a global perspective.
“Through the conversation, Natalia and Twinkle will demonstrate how issues relating to women’s health, such as stigmas and taboos, are 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,” a press release said.
Natalia’s work goes beyond modelling and acting. She co-founded Elbi India, an innovative, reward-based digital charity platform. She also hosts Let’s Talk in partnership with Elbi and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), tackling the stigma and taboo surrounding women’s health.
In January 2019, Natalia was included in a new advisory group to the UN General Assembly Group to accelerate gender equality and women empowerment.
Voicing women health concerns is also not a first for Twinkle, who most recently started Tweak India, a digital media platform that caters to the modern Indian woman. In 2018, she produced the movie Padman, which put the spotlight on the stigma surrounding menstruation and women’s health.
This was based on one of the four stories in her 2016 book, The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad, which won the India Today Woman Writer of the Year in 2017. The same year, she won Vogue’s Opinion Maker of the Year.
The upcoming summit, organised by The World We Want and Times Strategic Solutions Limited, will bring together prolific social pioneers to look at where progress in 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is headed.