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Face the world fearlessly: Sophie Trudeau tells young women

PTI New Delhi | Updated on February 23, 2018 Published on February 23, 2018

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau greet the media upon their arrival at Air Force Station Palam in New Delhi, India February 17, 2018.   -  REUTERS

Hailing women as the “womb of humanity”, Canada’s first lady Sophie Gregoire Trudeau on Thursday asked young women to be fearless and face the world with their heads held high. Addressing a group of Indian women students here at the Asia launch of the global campaign—‘She Will Grow Into It’—she also asked them to speak up for those who cannot, and “have fun”.

The wife of visiting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said many cultural beliefs have asked women to have “small space in society or disappear sometimes” from it, but that will not happen. “Girls and women are the womb of humanity and they will be fully participative citizens... And men are our allies in the quest for equality,” she said.

Twelve students from Gujarat’s Patan district today interacted with Trudeau as part of the campaign and shared their stories. After listening to the story of a Class 11 student, who aspires to become a poet, Trudeau appeared emotional and teary eyed.

“There is a lot that you will face growing up as a girl. And you may also feel fearful. While it is normal to feel fear, I want to tell you that you should be courageous and fearless in facing the world. Face the world with your head held high. Speak up, and be the voices of those who cannot. And, while doing all that have fun,” Trudeau said.

The Trudeaus and their three children are on a week-long visit to India.

‘Agents of change’

Canada’s Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan also interacted with the young women and described them as “powerful agents of change”. “Every child has a gift and endeavour to accomplish your inner potential and realise what you dream to become,” he said.

The campaign led by Canada-based non-profit organisation Nutrition International was launched globally in Ottawa on the International Day of the Girl Child. “It serves to challenge social norms and highlights that a girl’s future can answer should be powerful, progressive and limitless, everywhere.” the organisation said.

Published on February 23, 2018
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