CNN World News Actuality By Claire Evren
At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau challenged leaders of the world’s biggest corporations to hire more women and address sexual harassment.
Trudeau said gender equality would be a priority in “everything the G7 does this year”.
Trudeau, who appointed a cabinet with an equal number of women and men on taking power in 2015, also referenced social media campaigns against sexual harassment and misconduct and women’s marches in several U.S. cities last weekend in which speakers blasted Trump for policies they said had hurt women.
Justin Trudeau gave defense of gender and social equality in Davos
“MeToo, TimesUp, the Women’s March, these movements tell us that we need to have a critical discussion on women’s rights, equality and power dynamics of gender,” said Trudeau.
“Sexual harassment for example, in business and in government, is a systemic problem and it is unacceptable. As leaders we need to recognize and to act to show that truly time is up,” he said.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also called on global leaders to not forget “the people who aren’t here in Davos and never will be”.
“The people in this room are immensely privileged. We owe it to society to use this privilege for good. We should ask ourselves: do we want to live in a world where the wealthy hide in their gated enclaves while those around them struggle or do we want to create a world grounded in the notion of fairness.”