Twinkle Khanna meets Malala Yousafzai at Oxford, highlights period poverty

Posted In: News Date:Jan 21st, 2018

Twinkle Khanna recently met Pakistani activist and youngest Nobel Peace Prizelaureate and Oxford University student, Malala Yousafzai in London before she addressed the Oxford Union on menstrual hygiene and period poverty. The trailer of 'Padman', which is produced by her and has her husband, Akshay Kumar, essaying the role of social entrepreneur Arunachalam Muruganantham, who invented a machine to produce low-cost sanitary pads, was showcased as well. Before viewing the trailer, Malala said, "I'm excited to see 'Padman', and am looking forward to seeing the trailer because the message behind the film is truly inspiring."

During the course of her speech, Twinkle spoke about how Arunachalam's journey was inspirational and added, "His story fascinated me. He is the first man to wear a sanitary pad — imagine that! To me, he is an example that intelligence is truly not constrained within the boundaries of a particular language or a formal mechanism like education."

She also explained why it was important for her to back a film, which spoke about taboos associated with menstruation, the taxes imposed on sanitary pads and how it is still considered a luxury when it should actually be seen as a necessity.