Tuesday, March 7, 2017

----“Take a picture holding hands with your male ally & share it on social media using the hashtag #TomorrowInHand,” she continued. “Together, we can create a movement that inspires more men to join the fight to build a better tomorrow with equal rights & opportunities for everyone… because #EqualityMatters.” The reaction to Gregoire Trudeau’s clarion call was swift, with critics deriding the move to celebrate men on the single day of the year set aside to honour women’s accomplishments.--------Sophie Grégoire Trudeau 2 hrs · Well, now we’re having a conversation! Thanks to everyone for your feedback and pics! Love it. Our goal is gender equality, and fighting for it is going to require men and women working together - raising our boys and girls to make a difference, hand-in-hand. This is about recognizing that we should be allies on this journey. I look forward to talking more about this tomorrow at events with Plan International Canada and Equal Voice. Stay tuned… Eh bien, nous avons maintenant une conversation! Merci à tous pour vos commentaires et vos photos! J’aime ça. Notre objectif est l’égalité des sexes, et la lutte pour l’obtenir demandera plus de collaboration entre les hommes et les femmes – il faudra qu’on élève nos garçons et nos filles pour qu’ils fassent une différence, main dans la main. La clé consiste à reconnaître que nous sommes alliés dans ce cheminement. J’ai hâte de parler plus à fond de tout cela demain dans le cadre d’activités avec Plan International Canada et Equal Voice. Restez à l’écoute…---------- Julie Ali · University of Alberta Really I don't see why everyone is getting their knickers in a twist. I think the idea is remarkably sweet. For all those women who don't want to hold hands with their loved ones on this day, just don't do it. Keep the International Women's Day sacred to women only and simply revel in your own womanhood. As for me, I will follow Sophie Gregoire Trudeau's advice. #TomorrowInHand Like · Reply · Just now--


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Gregoire Trudeau strikes backlash with Women’s Day suggestion to ‘celebrate the men in our lives’

Ashley Csanady | March 7, 2017 9:52 PM ET
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Canadian women should mark International Women’s Day on Wednesday by celebrating the men in their lives, says Sophie Gregoire Trudeau.
On the eve of the event, the wife of the prime minister used social media to urge the Canadian sisterhood to share snaps of themselves holding hands with the men in their lives.
The aim was to “celebrate the boys and men in our lives who encourage us to be who we truly are, who treat girls & women with respect, and who aren’t afraid to speak up in front of others,” she said.
In the accompanying picture on Instagram, she stares into the eyes of an intense-looking Justin Trudeau.
“Take a picture holding hands with your male ally & share it on social media using the hashtag #TomorrowInHand,” she continued. “Together, we can create a movement that inspires more men to join the fight to build a better tomorrow with equal rights & opportunities for everyone… because #EqualityMatters.”
The reaction to Gregoire Trudeau’s clarion call was swift, with critics deriding the move to celebrate men on the single day of the year set aside to honour women’s accomplishments.
“I’ve never had to have my hand held,” tweeted Conservative MP Michelle Rempel as she called on Canadian women to share pictures of themselves holding their degrees and other accomplishments to mark the day.
“Don’t we already celebrate men enough?? Do we really need to make International WOMEN’S Day about the men in our lives?” Kristina Kurth Benoit commented on Gregoire Trudeau’s photo.
Some on Facebook welcomed “the turn around.”  Darlene Kobley said, “It was just a comment to include, not divide, for heaven’s sake.”
The 41-year-old Gregoire Trudeau, who worked as a Quebec TV host before her marriage, has kept a low profile since her husband was elected prime minister in 2015. They were criticized for immediately putting their two nannies on the public payroll and six months later announced they would cover the cost of one caregiver for their three children.
Gregoire Trudeau serves as an ambassador for Plan Canada’s Because I Am a Girl, a campaign aimed at empowering youth to stand up for girls’ rights and gender equality.
This month she appears on the cover of Fashion Magazine’s feminist-themed issue, talking about her struggle with the eat disorder bulimia.
“My awareness of what I was suffering was major, but I just didn’t know how to get out of it. I kept thinking ‘Why me? I have everything. Why am I suffering from this?’ The stigma is less and less, because we talk about it more,” says Gregoire Trudeau.
The Liberal party — with a prime minister who has oft-described himself as a feminist, and whose cabinet is 50 per cent female — used International Women’s Day for its own ends. It sent out a fundraising email Tuesday calling on members to donate to the party so more women will participate in politics.
So far, the Trudeau government’s record on closing the gender divide is mixed. It has yet to move on a campaign pledge to act on sexual violence — a discarded mantle taken up by interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose; few Truth and Reconciliation recommendations have been implemented; the inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous women is largely stalled; and a national child care strategy is looking as likely as electoral reform.
Grégoire Trudeau responded late Tuesday, saying “now we are having a conversation,” thanking people for the “feedback and pics” and promising she’d have more to say at two events on Wednesday.






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Really I don't see why everyone is getting their knickers in a twist. I think the idea is remarkably sweet.
For all those women who don't want to hold hands with their loved ones on this day, just don't do it. Keep the International Women's Day sacred to women only and simply revel in your own womanhood.
As for me, I will follow Sophie Gregoire Trudeau's advice. #TomorrowInHand
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There are whole pile of grumpy women who don't want to hold hands with their beloved males for whatever reason that women don't want to hold hands on International Women's Day. For myself, I see no issues with the idea we hold hands with our beloved. Heck she's got a great idea here. I like it. I hardly ever notice hubby for the most part immersed as I am in the Good Samaritan Society Lawsuit but tomorrow I will look into hubby's eyes as Ms. Gregoire Trudeau is doing here and tell him "I'm delighted to share my special day that means beans to me with you".

On the eve of the event, the PM's wife used social media to urge the Canadian sisterhood to share snaps of themselves holding hands with the men in their lives
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Well, now we’re having a conversation! Thanks to everyone for your feedback and pics! Love it. Our goal is gender equality, and fighting for it is going to require men and women working together - raising our boys and girls to make a difference, hand-in-hand. This is about recognizing that we should be allies on this journey. I look forward to talking more about this tomorrow at events with Plan International Canada and Equal Voice. Stay tuned…
Eh bien, nous avons maintenant une conversation! Merci à tous pour vos commentaires et vos photos! J’aime ça. Notre objectif est l’égalité des sexes, et la lutte pour l’obtenir demandera plus de collaboration entre les hommes et les femmes – il faudra qu’on élève nos garçons et nos filles pour qu’ils fassent une différence, main dans la main. La clé consiste à reconnaître que nous sommes alliés dans ce cheminement. J’ai hâte de parler plus à fond de tout cela demain dans le cadre d’activités avec Plan International Canada et Equal Voice. Restez à l’écoute…

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Julie Ali I see nothing wrong with holding hands with my husband and recognising him as an ally. I believe men are significant in the lives of women and sharing the limelight with them on International Women's Day does not take away from the importance of this day for women. Women should take a chill pill and simply relax. We don't have to even have a day if we are secure in ourselves, have earned our accomplishments and are accepting enough to know that it's not about recognition--it is about being who we are. Ms Grégoire Trudeau is obviously secure in her own worth. It's pretty refreshing.
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