US President Donald Trump’s eldest daughter, Ivanka has arrived in Ethiopia on a 4-day tour of Africa to promote women’s participation in the workplace.
The initiative, which is supported by the US government, aims to benefit 50 million women in developing countries by 2025.
In Ethiopia, Ivanka will visit women working in the coffee industry and a female-run textile facility before attending the World Bank policy summit.
She will also visit Ivory Coast later in the week and is set to visit a cocoa farm, as well as participate in a meeting on economic opportunities for women in West Africa.
Launched in February, the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) initiative is financed to the tune of US$50m within the US international development aid agency (USAid) and aims to train women worldwide to help them get well-paying jobs.
According to the initiative’s website, low participation of women in the formal labour markets impedes economic growth and poverty reduction in developing countries.
Ivanka’s visit to Africa comes after the continent’s First Ladies have vowed to scale up women empowerment efforts.
In Zimbabwe, the First Lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa through her Angel of Hope Foundation, has been spearheading the empowerment of rural communities, including women, through various initiatives that include cervical cancer screening, empowering the girl child and fighting child marriages.