Ivanka promotes women's empowerment in Africa

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Published on April 17, 2019 - Duration: 02:00s

Ivanka promotes women's empowerment in Africa

The daughter of President Trump has met local working women in Ivory Coast to tell them about gender inequality.

Sam Holder reports.

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Ivanka promotes women's empowerment in Africa

Ivanka Trump receiving a singing welcome in Ivory Coast.

The President's eldest daughter, official advisor, and billion dollar plus heiress, visiting female farmers as part of a whistlestop tour of Africa, promoting women's empowerment.

The Cayat Cocoa Co-operative is Fairtrade - ensuring a good wage for the workers in one of the world's worst countries for gender inequality.

And now the women in Ivory Coast's cocoa industry have been given a $2 million boost, investment partly funded by the U.S. government.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) WHITE HOUSE ADVISER, IVANKA TRUMP, SAYING: "Imagine how many will benefit if we have 300 more associations such as this and we create a connection for 500 existing ones to the formal financial market place.

So we are incredibly excited to have this opportunity to further the great work being done by the women here in Cote d'Ivoire in the cocoa industry." The pledge is part of a 50 million dollar American project.

The Women's Global Development and Prosperity initiative aims to economically empower 50 million women in developing countries by 2025.

(SOUNDBITE) (French) YAWA DINGRA, PRESIDENT OF THE WOMEN'S COOPERATIVE IN CAYAT, SAYING: "What struck me about her and what I liked is that she said she will give money to the women of the cooperative, so that they can take charge, so they can work, so they can have several incomes and so their children can go to school." Before Ivory Coast, Ivanka was in Ethiopia.

There she identified problems like women only owning 15 percent of land in Africa.

And 9 countries still allowing husbands to ban their wives from working.

She did not spell out how she would tackle the issues.

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