Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Ivanka Trump eyes laws, customs holding back African women

Ivanka Trump eyes laws, customs holding back African women

President Donald Trump's eldest daughter, Ivanka Trump has begun a four-day tour of Africa to promote a $50 million United States government initiative aimed at enhancing women's employment in developing countries.

Ivanka Trump, the U.S. president's daughter and senior advisor, center, arrives to attend the African Women's Empowerment Dialogue in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Monday April 15, 2019. "Eighteen countries in the world still have laws that allow husbands to legally prevent their wives from working". But she was promoting the Women's Global Development and Prosperity initiative, which officials have said aims to economically empower 50mn women by 2025. She added that it's also in their security interest, because of women when they're empowered, foster peace and stability.

She plans to meet with Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

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White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump speaks during the Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons annual meeting at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 11, 2018.

Miss Trump said that Ethiopia's success in Africa's success. She announced $350mn towards a programme 'supporting women-owned, women-led and women-supporting projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Overseas Private Investment Corp. provides loans loan guarantees and political risk insurance, funding projects that stretch across continents and industries.

In Ethiopia, she met with religious leaders at the Orthodox Tewahedo church and laid a wreath to honor the victims of the Ethiopian Airlines crash last month.

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