Ivanka Trump launches Global Women's Initiative targeting developing nations

Saul Bowman
February 11, 2019

The White House described the plan, called the Women's Global Development and Prosperity Initiative, as "the first-ever whole-of-government approach focused on advancing women's full and free participation in the global economy".

"Our goal is to reach 50 million women and maybe more, and it looks like it is probably going to be substantially more than that, substantially more than 50 million women, in the developing world, and that will be done, Ivanka, by 2025, has said", Trump told reporters at the White House as he signed the memorandum in this regard.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in partnership with PepsiCo in West Bengal will scale women's economic empowerment throughout PepsiCo's agriculture supply chains, he White House said.

"American women demonstrate every day that when women are free to thrive and prosper, they create jobs, strengthen our communities, and bring greater peace and prosperity to our nation and all over the world", President Donald Trump said on Thursday during his memorandum signing ceremony.

Both Ivanka Trump and Kushner were operating on interim security clearances until she was granted top clearance in May, the same time Kushner had his clearance restored.


"There weren't any, other than a backlog that exists of close to a million clearances across government", Trump said.

Trump said the initiative will aim to make resources available to women through education and vocational training, help women gain access to capital to execute on entrepreneurial ideas and aim to promote women's interests in countries where there are legal and cultural barriers hampering women's engagement.

Donald and Ivanka Trump at a pre-election rally. The Obama administration established an Office of Global Women's Issues at the State Department and established an ambassador-at-large for global women's Issues.

Zambakhidze was struggling until she turned to the USA government for help and received a $125,000 grant.

A new White House effort aims at helping 50 million women in developing countries to get ahead economically.

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