Twinkle Khanna joins ‘Save the Children’ as Artist Ambassador to promote adolescent health and menstrual hygiene. Indian author, newspaper columnist, film producer and former Bollywood actress, Twinkle Khanna’s intention is to encourage the champion girls’adolescent health and right to menstrual hygiene.
Twinkle Khanna believes, “Even today, one half of the population in our country continues to struggle for their fair share. Women and girls are often denied access to rights simply because they are born girls. And this discrimination begins right from the womb and the cycle continues. And they continue to lose out on the most basic of the rights – whether we talk of health, education and on it goes. Let’s start with adolescent health and menstrual hygiene which is often ignored. Access to basic health and hygiene should not be a matter of chance but choice and rights.
Taboos and lack of awareness around something as natural as menstruation push more than 50 percent of women to most unhygienic practices. We need to push boundaries, and we need to have more open, honest conversations around menstruation to begin with. It is literally getting back to the basics when we talk of equal rights. It starts here. I, Twinkle Khanna, am excited to join Save the Children as their artist ambassador to champion the cause of adolescent health and menstrual hygiene. I am looking forward to meeting some of the inspiring young champions who are leading the change in their communities.”
A notable Indian author, popularly known by her pen name, Mrs Funnybones, was also India’s highest-selling female writer of 2015 and won the Crossword Book Award for the book. Twinkle was also presented the Outlook Award in 2016 for the most Inspiring Woman of the Year; was the Hello! India magazine’s Visionary Woman of the Year and ‘Vogue Opinion Maker of the Year’.