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Advocates say Trudeau has plenty of work to do on women's rights

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau celebrating International Women's Day 2016 with his wife Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau (far right) along with women from his caucus.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who proudly calls himself a feminist, is marking International Women's Day with much fanfare.

Trudeau will begin the day by joining International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau in an announcement related to the rights of women.

He will also watch as 338 young women — one for every riding in the country — take seats in the House of Commons as part of Daughters of the Vote, a program aimed at encouraging their involvement in leadership, government and politics.

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Trudeau has promised to promote gender equality and home and abroad, but advocates for the rights of women and girls say he still has a lot of work to do.

They are calling for more subsidized child care spaces, a national strategy to end gender-based violence and a new law to ensure men and women get equal pay for work of equal value.

The Liberal government has promised to bring in proactive pay equity legislation next year.

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