‘We owe them the same respect’ – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s speech highlights at the Francophonie Summit in Antananarivo, Madagascar

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Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities suffer in too many countries, including certain members of la Francophonie who are here today.

We owe them the same respect, the same rights and the same dignity as all other members of our society.

Women and girls are victims of physical and sexual violence.

They are married, often in infancy, without their consent. They do not have access to abortion in a free and safe manner. They are subjected to genital mutilation.

There no longer exists any excuse for such practices, for such violations of their fundamental rights.

This includes the creation of a society where diversity is celebrated and where we maintain an ongoing dialogue with members of minority communities.

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