A self-proclaimed feminist, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seemed to fit right in at the Women of the World Summit hosted in New York City Thursday.
At the event hosted by the New York Times, the unabashed women’s rights ally talked politics, feminism, and the importance of empowering women on all fronts.
Despite having been criticized in the past for pandering to women by playing the “feminist card,” Trudeau assure the predominantly female crowd that he’s more than just a fair weather ally.
PEOPLE magazine reports:
“A lot of people know you can’t fix things with a Band-Aid. Is someone going to stand up for what they truly believe in, and not just the way the wind is blowing?”
Although the political climate in the United States remains tense as of late, Trudeau didn’t shy away from commenting on the burning question on everyone’s mind: his working relationship with President Donald Trump. He told the crowd:
“You never know what’s going to happen in a given campaign. I said, ‘I will work with whomever the United States elects.’ Canada needs to have a constructive working relationship with whoever is in place, and that’s exactly what I’ve stayed focused on. It’s way bigger than just Prime Minister to President. We’ll use all sorts of avenues to highlight that relationship.”
Trudeau went on to add that, although “Canada doesn’t have the biggest military or population around, but we know there are lots of ways of influencing the world stage.”
He told summit host Tina Brown that empowering women doesn’t just benefit women themselves, it actually benefits everyone:
“We have to lean on the success of each other if we’re going to be successful. [Progress] doesn’t happen by accident and it won’t continue without effort. We can’t just talk about how women need to be empowered without talking to the people who, unfairly, still have more power: the men. When we start realizing that including and promoting women is not just the nice thing to do, but the smartest possible thing to do, you start connecting it in more meaningful ways to the workplace.”
Watch a clip of Trudeau’s comments at the summit below, via YouTube:
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