Obama: We Should Elect More Women To Office

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Former President Barack Obama would like to see more women in leadership positions.

At a Nov. 4 private event in Paris, France, Obama highlighted "the importance of more focus on putting women in power, because men seem to be having some problems these days," as he told the invitation-only audience of communications professionals known as "Les Napoleons," reports AFP.

"Not to generalize but women seem to have a better capacity than men do, partly because of their socialization," Obama added.

The former world leader did not specify if he was referring to any particular instances, though several news outlets like Channel News Asia and CNBC noted that his comment parallels the multitude of men in high-profile positions in media, politics and other fields who face allegations of sexual harassment and assault.

The 44th president called on his listeners to adapt to a more inclusive environment by questioning themselves as well as their company culture.

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"How can I make the people around me better?" he said, according to AFP. "How do I empower them... how do I build a team where everyone's pulling together to get something done?"

At the event, the 56-year-old also took a jab at President Donald Trump, who pulled out of the Paris climate accord in June.

"I grant you that at the moment we have a temporary absence of American leadership on the issue," Obama said of the agreement that he entered into during his presidency, notes Reuters.

He did not name the president by name, though many in the audience laughed.

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Despite the withdrawal, Obama said that the U.S. is still on track to meet the environmental goals laid out in the agreement, since several cities and states have kept them because it makes good "business sense."

He also called on the European Union to take a hard look at its policies and working to improve them.

"I think for example that the European Union needs to recognize that micro-managing every single aspect of life within Europe gets people frustrated," he said. "So there are ways of streamlining and improving the functioning of the European Union, but the European project itself, the Union itself is something that is worth preserving."

However, despite a few problems he sees in the world, it is generally "healthier, wealthier and less violent than at any time in human history," he explained, according to Channel News Asia.

"If we can adapt to change we can make extraordinary progress," he added. "Hope is not being blind to problems. Hope is facing problems and then still believing that we can work them out."

Sources: AFP via Yahoo! NewsReuters, CNBC, Channel News Asia / Featured Image: Tech. Sgt. Aaron Oelrich/U.S. Air Force / Embedded Images: Staff Sgt. Marianique Santos/DVIDSWDKrause/Wikimedia Commons

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