Press Release

First Lady of Turkey Emine Erdoğan to be guest of honour at “Let’s Talk!” event to promote women’s health

24 October 2018
  • First Lady Emine Erdoğan will be the guest of honour at the 2018 “Let’s Talk!” event next week taking place in Antalya, Turkey between the 25th-26th October.
  •  Hosted by campaigner and philanthropist Natalia Vodianova, the 2018 “Let’s Talk!” event will see Emine Erdoğan convene with thought leaders, influencers, activists and global policymakers with the goal of galvanizing further progress on women’s health and gender equality.
  • The two-day event is powered by the charitable giving platform ELBI and will run in partnership with UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency.

19th October 2018: First Lady of Turkey Emine Erdoğan will be the guest of honour at the ambitious new global initiative launched to highlight the importance of women’s health and wellbeing, “Let’s Talk!”, taking place between 25th-26th October 2018 at the Maxx Royal Resorts Kemer in Antalya, Turkey.

Mrs. Erdoğan, wife to the current Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, will have a special role at the event which has been developed with the ambition of creating an open platform to discuss issues surrounding gender equality and women’s health. The occasion will also celebrate and support the people and companies who are instrumental in providing a rights based, equal and inclusive world for women.

Hosted by philanthropist, campaigner and model Natalia Vodianova, the initiative is powered by her digital charitable giving platform ELBI, and will be held in partnership with UNFPA, the UN’s sexual and reproductive health agency. The event will take place with the support of partners including Turkish Airlines, Maxx Royal Resorts and the Association of Turkish Travel Agencies (TURSAB).

Speaking ahead of the 2018 “Let’s Talk!” event, Elbi founder Natalia Vodianova said: “We are extremely proud to have the support of the First Lady of Turkey Emine Erdoğan at this event. It is vitally important to show worldwide solidarity when it comes to broadening the conversation and developing solutions to the issues surrounding women’s health, and having a global leader like the First Lady is magnificent.  

I am very proud to be launching the “Let’s Talk!” initiative with ELBI and our partner UNFPA. A year ago, I began holding conversations with friends and colleagues about these issues and I am so excited to broaden this conversation and bring it to a global level. 

The event also represents an opportunity to acknowledge and recognize activists and advocates, who are making real progress for women’s health around the world, for their achievements.”

Issues of women’s health are restrictive in most societies and their effects have serious negative consequences, sometimes putting lives at risk. Poor education and access to health care for example can prevent females from taking part in school or sports activities, and risking infections and other complications. 

The event will commence with a networking reception on the 25th October and continue with a day-long forum on the 26th October, convening a series of global guests and influencers who share the common goal of removing the obstacles which currently prevent women from the prospect of a healthy future. The select group of courageous policy makers, influencers, entrepreneurs and activists will join Natalia to share and build on their ideas and innovations aimed at improving the lives of millions of women. 

In the evening of 26th October, a special awards night will recognise outstanding achievements in combating issues of women’s health and rights. This ceremony will celebrate some of the world’s most pioneering and progressive minds working to empower women from all corners of the globe. From patrons of the battle against violence to beacons of hope in the education of hygiene, the MAXX ROYAL Let’s Talk About It Awards will provide recognition for their inspirational endeavours. The event will be streamed live on Elbi and UNFPA social media channels, and viewers will be able to donate to UNFPA causes throughout the stream and through Elbi’s App. 

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Notes to Editors: For partnership opportunities with the Let’s Talk! event contact: +90 542 566 39 10

About Elbi

Elbi is an innovative digital platform that is revolutionizing charitable giving by bringing together people, brands, and charities to make philanthropy easy and rewarding. The social app presents various charitable causes in the form of short videos that anyone can swipe through. Users can seamlessly make a donation to that charity using the LoveButton in the app, powered by Donate with Apple Pay, and create reaction videos to the charity stories which can be shared with friends to encourage them to support too. Every donated dollar is rewarded with a LoveCoin, which people can use in the LoveShop to get exclusive goods.


UNFPA is the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency. Our mission is to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled. UNFPA works in more than 150 countries and territories around the world. Our work is based on the premise that all human beings are entitled to equal rights and protections. We focus on women and young people because these are groups whose ability to exercise their right to sexual and reproductive health is often compromised.

About Maxx Royal Resorts

Maxx Royal Resorts are proud to partner with the 2018 Let’s Talk event in Antalya, Turkey as its pro-bono venue partner.

The Maxx Royal Resorts are recognised as a holiday experience where moments turn into a memory. For those dreaming of an extraordinary holiday, where each detail is carefully considered, and luxury together with comfort meld in unique harmony, the answer lies in the Maxx Royal. Renowned for architecture that respects the unique nature of their Mediterranean surroundings, the Maxx Royal world surrounds guests with unique experiences from the moment they step through the doors. The endless blue of the Mediterranean accompanies them, as suite and villa options take comfort to the highest level. Maxx Royal offers suites starting from 80m2 in Belek and 100m2 in Kemer. 

The Maxx Royal Kemer Resort opens the doors to a holiday where every moment is tailored for guests. Exceeding the parameters of ordinary luxury, Maxx Royal welcome guests to a personalised experience.  Maxx Royal Kemer Resort, with a specific understanding of luxury, is at the pinnacle of comfort: where resort services meet the Grand Boutique concept. Guests surrender themselves to the Maxx Royal Kemer Resort for an experience full of unforgettable moments.