At Davos, Canada’s Trudeau speaks up on women’s rights

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke at Davos Tuesday, where he resolved to prioritize gender inequality and women's rights and discussed the importance of using privilege, wealth, and power to help others. Click through to read more about his address, and the issues being discussed at the World Economic Forum.

By Yara BayoumyNoah Barkin

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave a passionate defense of gender and social equality in Davos on Tuesday, days before U.S. President Donald Trump was due to take the stage at a forum traditionally seen as an enclave of the global elite.

Trudeau, whose country has the presidency of the Group of Seven industrialized nations this year, said gender equality would be a priority in “everything the G7 does this year”.

Trudeau, who appointed a cabinet with an equal number of women and men on taking power in 2015, also referenced social media campaigns against sexual harassment and misconduct and women’s marches in several U.S. cities last weekend in which speakers blasted Trump for policies they said had hurt women.

“MeToo, TimesUp, the Women’s March, these movements tell us that we need to have a critical discussion on women’s rights, equality and power dynamics of gender,” said Trudeau.

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