OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is behind the decision of his wife Sophie to celebrate International Women’s Day hand in hand with all men who treat them “with respect.”
“Equality between men and women is everyone’s business,” said Justin Trudeau in a press briefing on Wednesday on the sidelines of a March 8 event in Ottawa.
“We must all work together to ensure that women have opportunities in business, in our society and in leadership,” said the Prime Minister, stressing that “much work remains to be done” on this front.
“I am very aware of the role of men in this struggle,” he said. Men should be open to identifying themselves as feminists if they believe that gender equality is important and we still have a lot of work to do. ”
Justin Trudeau, on the other hand, rarely misses an opportunity to proclaim himself a “proud feminist.”
Her spouse, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, called on Tuesday to involve men in International Women’s Day, triggering strong reactions on social networks.
“Let’s celebrate the boys and men who encourage us to be who we really are, who treat girls and women with respect and who are not afraid to speak out loud in front of others,” she wrote on her accounts Instagram and Facebook, associating the photo with a photo of her holding the hand of her husband, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
His message was followed by bitter comments from internet users, who stressed that March 8 must first serve “to celebrate feminism … while recognizing the misogyny that women face on a daily basis”.