'How we treat our sisters, our girlfriends, our cousins, our mothers and the world around us matters'
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is one of the most popular politicians out there - and whether he’s doing one-handed press ups at the Invictus Games, making the Queen laugh with his self-deprecating jokes or talking feminism (something he proudly promotes) –he never fails to make us smile.
While in New York for the 72nd General Assembly this week, Trudeau took to the stage in Madison Square Garden alongside his wife Sophie to promote a feminist movement of men sticking up for women.
'Being a feminist for me means recognising that men and women should be, can be, must be equal,' Trudeau announced to the audience gathered for a UN youth empowerment campaign. 'And secondly that we still have an awful lot of work to do.’
‘I am proud to stand here during UN week here in New York and advocate for HeForShe,’ he continued, going on to explain the movement.
‘HeForShe is a UN movement that I hope all of you will go and sign up for,’ he explained to the crowd. ‘Of men standing up for women – men shutting down some of those negative conversations that we get in locker rooms, in ‘bro culture’ – we need to know that we are better than that.’
He continued: 'How we treat our sisters, our girlfriends, our cousins, our mothers and the world around us matters. We need to take back what it means to be a man and that means being open, compassionate, respectful and brave about standing up for it.’
We didn’t think we could love Justin Trudeau any more.
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