Ivanka Trump Visits Ethiopia to Talk Women’s Empowerment


Source: AP

President Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, has been visiting women-run businesses in Ethiopia as part of the administrations Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative.

The project hopes to boost 50 million women in developing countries by 2025 and Ivanka will tour Ethiopia and the Ivory Coast over the course of four-days, accompanied by Mark Green, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development and David Bohigian, acting president of OPIC, which funds projects in many industries around the globe.

“Investing in women is smart development policy and it’s smart business,” Ivanka said while visiting Dumerso Coffee. “It’s also in our security interest, because women, when we’re empowered, foster peace and stability.”

So far Ivanka, who flew via commercial airline to Ethiopia, has visited a textile company and coffee shop. She also paid her respects to the victims of last month’s Ethiopian Airlines crash which took the lives of all 157 people on board, including 21 United Nations staffers and 21 air workers.

“Ethiopia’s success is Africa’s success,” Ivanka told reporters. “We hope more people realize their full potential.”