Speaking at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said it should come as no surprise that he is a feminist who believes in the "equality of men and women."
"For my generation and younger, it's all sort of a 'duh,'" he said. "The fact that it gets such a reaction from the powers and the authority structure that surrounds us really shows how much work we still have to do." The Liberal leader said that every time he talks about being a feminist, he's asked about it by the media, and the reaction online is over the top. "I am going to keep saying loud and clear that I am a feminist until it is met with a shrug," he said. "Why, every time I say I'm a feminist, does the Twitterverse explode?"
Gender equality should be a mainstream political position, the prime minister said, and he encouraged other countries to model their cabinets after Canada's, with an equal number of men and women. "Any world leaders who tell me, 'I'd love to, I just can't do that with the current configuration of our parliament or of my party,' I say: 'Well, what are you doing to change that configuration and draw out those extraordinary women who can be leaders that we need?'" Trudeau said. Catherine Garcia
Emma Watson is saying goodbye to acting — but don't worry, it's just for a year. Instead, the Harry Potter star will be focusing on personal development, feminism, and her work as a U.N. Ambassador for the gender equality campaign HeforShe.
"I almost thought about going and doing a year of gender studies, then I realized that I was learning so much by being on the ground and just speaking with people and doing my reading," Watson said in a recent interview with Paper Magazine. "I was learning so much on my own. I actually wanted to keep on the path that I'm on. I'm reading a lot this year, and I want to do a lot of listening."
Watson says she plans on reading a book a week and also a book a month with her feminist book club to continue exploring new ideas and formulating her own opinions. "It's a really cool period of time for me. My work that I do for the U.N. is all very clearly outlined, but my personal views and opinions are still being defined, really," Watson said. "So it'll be an interesting time." Becca Stanek
Dutch-based nonprofit Women on Waves has announced plans to fly a drone over Slubice, Poland in order to drop abortifacients down to fellow women's rights activists. The activists will then deliver the drugs to women in need. In Poland, abortions are strictly illegal; the drone will take off from Frankfurt, Germany, where abortions are allowed. Roughly 48,000 underground abortions take place in Poland every year. From their press release:
The Abortion drone will mark the different reality for Polish women to access to safe abortion services compared to other women in Europe. In almost all European countries abortion is legal, only in Poland, Ireland, and Malta abortion is illegal and women’s rights are still violated. [Women on Waves]
The drugs supplied by Women on Waves are approved by the World Health Organization. Jeva Lange