A woman's right to decide over her own body is a cornerstone of gender equality and sustainable development. But still, the female body remains a battlefield across the globe. Even discussing issues related to sex and reproductive health is often taboo. What will it take to get to the point where all women have control of their own bodies and consequently their lives?
In this episode, we hear from activists, ministers, and representatives from global organizations who discuss what actions need to be taken. They underscore why it is crucial to start talking about sex, freedom and bodily autonomy to achieve the sustainable future we are aiming for.
This episode comes from an online Nordic Talks event hosted by Mind Your Business, a sustainable business consultancy, in cooperation with UN Women.
We need to engage with the fact of life that women need freedom over their bodies.
Dr Natalia Kanem, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
This podcast episode features the following speakers
Natalia Kanem (Panama)
Dr Natalia Kanem is Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Natalia has over 30 years of leadership experience in preventive medicine, public and reproductive health, social justice, and philanthropy. A medical doctor who has worked with public health and development organizations around the world, including conducting pioneering work in women's reproductive health and sexuality in West Africa, she was listed in the 2019 Gender Equality Top 100 in recognition of her leadership in advocating for rights and choices for women and girls.
Flemming Møller Mortensen (Denmark)
Flemming Møller Mortensen has been Denmark's Minister for Development Cooperation and Minister for Nordic Cooperation since November 2020 and is a member of the Social Democratic Party. As a member of parliament, he previously served on the Committee on Health and Senior Citizens and the Committee on Health and Prevention. He has a background in medicine, having worked as a nurse and in the private pharmaceutical sector.
Natasha Wang Mwansa (Zambia)
Natasha Wang Mwansa is a children's and women’s rights advocate and activist born and raised in Zambia. She works as a reporter for Zambia's Media Network on Child Rights and Development and as Social Accountability Monitor at the Southern Africa HIV and AIDS Information Dissemination Service. Natasha is currently in the process of starting up an initiative designed to encourage young people to take radical action and promote positive change.
Emi Mahmoud (Sudan/US)
Emi Mahmoud is a Sudanese-American world champion poet and Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR. As a former refugee, Emi continuously advocates for refugees and disadvantaged communities. She has been featured at the UN General Assembly, the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Women’s Forum in Paris, and in the Forbes 30 Under 30. A Yale graduate currently pursuing a career in medicine, Emi has worked with the Dalai Lama, Kailash Satyarthi, Tawakkol Karman and several other Nobel Laureates, leaders, and organizations. In this episode, you can hear a special performance given by Emi.