Emma Watson and Justin Trudeau just met to talk about gender equality

The Canadian PM is one of the few leaders in the world to have a gender neutral cabinet

Continuing her mission for gender equality, Emma Watson took her fight to Canada yesterday when she went to meet Justin Trudeau.

Meeting at the Parliament of Canada in Ottowa, Emma and the prime minister discussed the global impact of the UN’s HeForShe campaign – an initiative which aims to bring gender equality in terms of health, identity, education, work, violence and politics to women around the world.

Emma, who is a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, was in Ottowa to attend the One Young World summit as part of her mission to inspire gender equality. In her meeting with the PM, she thanked him for taking the decision to install one of the few cabinets in the world with an equal number of men and women, and congratulated Justin on all the work he has done for gender equality so far.

‘We’re very excited that you’re the HeForShe youth ambassador and I can’t wait to see what you’re going to do with the title,’ Emma told him.

But the admiration seemed to be mutual, with the Canadian PM saying: ‘Her voice is extremely important in making people realise how important this is and it’s a great opportunity to connect with her.’ He then later tweeted the following message:

It’s not the first time that the two have come together in the fight for gender equality, with Justin appearing at the 2nd anniversary of the HeForShe initiative earlier this month.

We can’t wait to see what this new gender equality super team do together next.

On 26th September we wrote…

Emma Watson continues to be ubiquitous in the name of feminism. Earlier this week she made a speech as a Goodwill Ambassador at the UN about campus safety and now she’s debuted a moving video on her Twitter on the topic of overcoming gender inequality.

The He For She campaigner worked on the video entitled ‘Hurdles’ with Global Goals, an organisation dedicated to sustainable development. It features Watson as its voice-over and Sia’s anthem Chandelier as the soundtrack, with footage of female Olympians excelling at hurdling as a metaphor for overcoming inequality – all adding up to a seriously powerful two-minute video.

Posting it on her Twitter page, Watson wrote: “Excited to show you this small film I helped make. Hope it gets you going! #Hurdles #GenderEqualityTogether @TheGlobalGoals #Goal5”

Opening the video, Watson explains: “Women and girls have always faced hurdles, but that’s never stopped us. We’ve sacrificed, fought, campaigned, succeeded, been knocked back and succeeded again. In the race for justice, we’ve leapt over countless obstacles to win our rights.”

She then recounts historic achievements in overcoming gender inequality, citing basic rights like education, the vote and competing in the Olympic Games. Next she reminds us of just a fraction of the huge obstacles we still need to strive to overcome, including forced child marriage, violence against women and the exclusion of girls from the education system.

“The race is still on every minute of every day, but we will cross the finishing line,” she poignantly states at the close of the video.

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