Canada G7 presidency to focus on women, gender equality: Trudeau

Canada's PM Trudeau speaks in the House of Commons in Ottawa
FILE PHOTO: Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, October 24, 2017. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

December 14, 2017

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who has made gender equality a priority, on Thursday said empowering women would be one of the main themes when Canada takes over the presidency of the Group of Seven next year.

Trudeau, whose first act after taking power in 2015 was to appoint a cabinet with an equal number of women and men, told an event broadcast on Facebook that ending inequalities between the sexes was the right thing to do and would benefit the economy.

“Advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment will be a part of every ministerial meeting, it will be part of the broader G7 agenda, and it will be considered every step of the way as we plan out all of our events,” said Trudeau.

The G7 groups some of the world’s leading industrialized nations. Leaders, including U.S. President Donald Trump, will gather for a summit on June 8-9 in the Quebec region of Charlevoix.

Trudeau said the other main themes for Canada’s presidency were investing in growth that worked for everyone, preparing for jobs of the future, climate change and building a more peaceful and secure world.

(Reporting by David LjunggrenEditing by Sandra Maler)

  • wannano

    This guy has done so much damage in Canada. The smoke is so thick to you who are not here. People here will wake up in time for the next election to bounce him out, forever. He has sold out the country, betrayed the people, and praised Castro. It really is unbelievable. A shame. Yes, shame on us!

  • wannano

    This is one leader who has got to be derailed. Real Canadians, the ones with Canadian values and a sense of patriotism to Canada did not vote for this cry baby communist. Liberal garbage!

  • Iam Ironman

    the only way to make genders equal is to neuter the men.. which is exactly what i picture when i think of canadian and european “males”