Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau on feminism, economics, empowerment

Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau told a room full of empowered women how they help propel a country forward.

Trudeau moderated a forum on the Gender Responsive Economic Actions for Transformation of Women, or Great Women project, where he listened to the experiences of 3 women leaders in their various fields.

These are Jeannie Javelosa, president and trustee of Echosi Foundation; Zarah Juan, proprietor of Estudio Juan, and Anya Lim, co-founder as well as managing and creative director of Anthill Fabric Gallery.

“It’s not just the right thing to do, which of course, obviously it is but it’s also the smart thing to do. We all know that empowering women to be successful is not just a single driver of economic success,” Trudeau said. “It leads to compound effects as the community does better, as the village does better, as the entire economy of the country does better the more the women of the country have pathways to success.”

Trudeau also shed more light on feminism — which many still do not fully understand.

“The word feminist still scares a few people, but it still means recognizing that men and women are equal and should be equal and second that there’s still an awful lot of work to do to get there. If you can say yes to both of those things, guess what, you’re a feminist.”

Towards the end of the program, the Canadian leader gamely posed for pictures.

He also shared hugs and kisses with the audience who milled around him, showing the Canadian leader is not just a champion for women empowerment, but is also admired as a “heart-throb.”

Earlier in the day, Trudeau met with transport sector officials and leaders to look at another project Canada supports, the production of these electronic jeepneys, which are not only air-conditioned but also accessible to persons with disabilities.

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