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Justin Trudeau writes compelling letter arguing ‘poverty is sexist’

August 25, 2016

Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau has once again earned praise for his leadership qualities, after penning an open letter for the ONE campaign and advocacy organization, in which he supports the assertion that “poverty is sexist.”

Thanking the organization for a letter he received on International Women’s Day, the avowed feminist Canadian P.M. agrees that there is an “indisputable link between gender inequality and extreme poverty,” and calls on other global leaders to not only do the same but to take action.

“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I am writing back to let you know that I wholeheartedly agree: Poverty is Sexist,” he declares. “Women and girls are less likely to get an education, more likely to be impoverished, and face greater risk of disease and poor health.”

In addition to appointing a gender-balanced cabinet, Trudeau points to his government’s investment in the Global Fund – which fights HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis — which “is critical, particularly for young women, who account for a shocking 74 percent of all new HIV infections among adolescents in Africa.”

Canada will host the Global Fund replenishment conference in Montreal in September — a first step, he writes, on a path toward a new global policy that prioritizes equal treatment of girls and women.


Read Trudeau’s full letter to ONE.


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