Sophie Grégoire Trudeau may be the prime minister’s wife, but that has not stopped her from advocating for women’s ability to #RunTheWorld.
Grégoire Trudeau is one of five A-list advocates joining the Women Deliver organization’s Deliver for Good campaign, which targets 12 areas of gender inequality ranging from preventing gender-based violence to improving access to education and contraceptives for women and girls.
She will support the campaign by using her platform during regular speaking engagements to promote women as drivers of progress to allies across government and social sectors. Her goal will be to slowly but surely “redefine the narrative around girls and women as agents of change.”
“Our societies have taken profound steps towards a more gender equal world, but at current rates, gender equality might not be achieved in our lifetimes,” Grégoire Trudeau said in a press release. “We must all work as one, including having men being part of the solution, as we collectively put women at the heart of development and by empowering them to drive change that will lead to better outcomes—for women, for their families, for their communities, and for society. By denying women and girls their fundamental rights, we are preventing societies from reaching their full potential.”
Grégoire Trudeau’s message follows her controversial Insta pic last week that encouraged women to mark International Women’s Day by celebrating their male allies, which sparked swift backlash online. Despite the debate, however, Canada’s first lady did not back down from her original message and instead posted follow-up messages thanking her 101,000 followers for their feedback and the conversation around the issue of equality.
“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,” she wrote on Insta in response to the controversy.
Along with Grégoire Trudeau, the Deliver for Good influencers also include Denmark’s Crown Princess Mary, former President of Uruguay José Alberto “Pepe” Mujica Cordano, UN High-Level Commissioner on Health Employment and Economic Growth Dr. Alaa Murabit and the Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.
Let’s just say, this is true #SquadGoals.