Justin Trudeau Pushes for the Need to Include a Chapter on Gender Equality in NAFTA

“I challenge you to use your position and power to strongly push for the rights of women and girls in Mexico…We must move the needle forward on gender inequality.”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, on his first official trip to Mexico, took the opportunity to bring up the matter of gender equality in the country, as he addressed the Mexican Senate.

Trudeau has urged Mexican lawmakers to work towards improving women’s rights in the country by incorporating a clause for the same in the NAFTA.

Trudeau clearly expressed the fact that the stories narrated by the rights groups pertaining to the treatment of women in the country are “unacceptable.”

As a solution, the Canadian Prime Minister suggested that a check against the imbalances be included as a chapter on Gender equality, within NAFTA.

The move, by far, has been openly supported by Mexico. The Prime Minister’s speech was not just directed at combating gender inequality in Mexico. Trudeau has urged nations to internationally unite in the wake of this call.

“Isolationism is taking hold in too many corners of the world, but our people must not succumb to fear. We, as leaders, must not succumb to fear,” – he said.

The speech given by the Prime Minister in the Mexican Senate was quite similar to the one he gave last month at the United Nations General Assembly, where he pointed out the insecurities faced by the indigenous women in Canada.

Mexico has reported a stark increase in violence against women over the past decade. According to the National Citizen Observatory of Femicide, there were 2,735 women killed in the country in 2016. This number was 2,383 more than the number in 2015.

In response to Trudeau’s speech, the office of President Enrique Pena Nieto of Mexico commented in a statement, saying “Mexico and Canada share values, and that certainly include gender equality and enhancing women’s rights.”

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Meagan Kozlovs

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Meagan Kozlovs is a reporter for Debate Report. She’s worked and interned at Global News Toronto  and CHECX. Megan is based in Toronto and covers issues affecting her city. In addition to her severe milk shake addiction, she’s a Netflix enthusiast, a red wine drinker, and a voracious reader.

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