Trudeau released a video through Twitter calling for the celebration of women’s achievements throughout history and for a commitment to gender equality. “Today and everyday, lets work together toward a more positive, just and equal world,” Trudeau said.
He goes on to say women receive lower pay, fewer promotions, and continuously face higher rates of violence, harassment, and sexual assault. “They’re denied legal control over their bodies and their reproductive health,” Trudeau said.
Not only did Trudeau vocally show his support through the video released on Twitter, but he showed his commitment financially. Trudeau announced Canada’s $650 million investment for sexual and reproductive health programs for women across the world, over a course of three years. The figure is a doubling of current funding.
“It is important that as a world we recognize that empowering women, that respecting their rights is fundamental to building a world in which everyone has a real and fair chance to succeed,” he added.
Trudeau has long identified himself as a feminist but he also made sure to address men: “Lets not forget the essential role that men have to play to advance gender equality in our society.”