The ONE campaign, an organization dedicated to the eradication of extreme poverty and preventable disease, recently wrote an open letter to world leaders calling for an acknowledgement of poverty's inherent sexism.
And that message was heard loud and clear, at least by one of them. Justin Trudeau, the parliament-planking, pride parade-marching, feminist Canuck leader of our dreams, responded to ONE with an open letter of his own, declaring the "indisputable link" between extreme poverty and gender inequality.
"On behalf of the Government of Canada, I am writing back to let you know that I wholeheartedly agree: Poverty is sexist," Trudeau affirmed.
The prime minister wrote of how girls and women are more at risk of falling into poverty, and of how Canada's commitment to the Global Fund, which combats HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, will help keep girls and women healthy — and by extension, enable them to "survive and flourish."
"I accept your challenge to lead. As a feminist, I know that women must be treated equally everywhere," Trudeau wrote, encouraging ONE to keep fighting for change.
"Canada can play an important role, but we need other leaders around the world to step up, too. And that's where you come in. Please continue to use your voice to ask for more from all leaders around the world."
Oh, Mr. Trudeau. Your mother must be so proud.
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