Known for his staunch supporter of feminism and applauded when his government has an equal number of men as that of women, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, from time-to-time, has voiced in support of women right. Voicing on the same, Mr Justin Trudeau pens down a letter as to why he wants his son to be a feminist and should speak up for the right of women.
In an exclusive piece written in Marie Claire magazine, Canadian PM writes that he ‘worry because as a father, son, husband and citizen he witnesses the unequal obstacles women and girl faces. He says, “It’s 2017, yet in Canada and around the world, women and girls still face violence, discrimination, stereotypes that limit them, and unequal opportunities that keep them from achieving their dreams.”
He writes that its ‘maddening’ to him that his daughter who is ‘brilliant, compassionate’ will grow up in a world where, despite everything she is as a person, there will still be people who won’t take her voice seriously, who will write her off—simply because of her gender.
Mr Justin Trudeau also says that he works hard to shift those inequalities. He writes “Sophie [His wife] and I can’t be there with Ella at every hard moment of her life—to protect her when someone makes her feel small, to advocate for her when someone isn’t listening—even if we wish we could.”
Justin Trudeau writes that the only way they, as a parent, is to give their daughter an immense power and intrinsic worth, which no one can ever take away from her. That can only happen raising her feminist.
Justin writes that gender equality is not an issue for women and girls. We all are benefitted when women and girls have the same opportunities as men and boys – and it’s on all of us to make that a reality. He writes, “Our sons have the power and the responsibility to change our culture of sexism, and I want Xavier and Hadrien—when he’s a little older—to understand that deeply. But I want, too, to help them grow into empathetic young people and adults, strong allies who walk through the world with openness, love, and a fierce attachment to justice”
“Feminism is not just the belief that men and women are equal. It’s the knowledge that when we are all equal, all of us are more free. It’s a relentless commitment to look for ourselves in each other because that’s how we start to build a world where everyone is treated with respect and recognition.”
He further writes, “That world doesn’t exist yet. But it can be built—by people who have a strong sense of justice and empathy, who stands up for the rights of others, and who seek out their own unique ways of creating more inclusive communities.”
He writes, “That’s the world we want to live in. That’s the world we want our kids to live in. To raise our kids feminist is to recognize that they ALL have a part to play to build that world. To raise our kid’s feminist is to honour their future because they have the responsibility—and the power—to shape it for the better.”