Raise sons to be feminists like daughters, says Canada’s Trudeau — By Ellen Wulfhorst on Thomson Reuters Foundation

“All of us benefit when women and girls have the same opportunities as men and boys – and it’s on all of us to make that a reality”

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during the opening ceremony for the Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada, September 23, 2017

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during the opening ceremony for the Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada, September 23, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

NEW YORK, Oct 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Boys need to be raised to be feminists as much as girls because “our sons have the power and the responsibility to change our culture of sexism,” Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wrote in an essay published on Wednesday.

He said teaching boys to be feminists gives them a sense of justice and empathy and helps them “escape the pressure to be a particular kind of masculine” that is damaging to men and those around them.

Trudeau, 45, who took office in 2015, frequently refers to himself as a feminist and has said he wants to make gender equality a priority.

He drew global attention by appointing a cabinet with an equal number of men and women and called on world leaders to do the same. His administration has adopted what it describes as a feminist policy toward foreign aid.

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