Canada’s Trudeau calls treatment of women in Mexico ‘unacceptable’

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday urged Mexican lawmakers to improve women’s rights, delivering a sharp rebuke to a key trading partner that has struggled to curb years of femicide, drug violence and rights abuses.

In a visit to the Mexican capital amid tense talks in the United States to save the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Trudeau met human rights organizations that briefed him on the violence and challenges faced by many of the country’s women.

In an address at the Mexican Senate, Trudeau told lawmakers that the stories he had heard from the rights groups about the treatment of women were “unacceptable,” and pressed for gender imbalances to be addressed in an updated NAFTA.


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