Ivanka Trump focuses on women empowerment during visit to Morocco

Ivanka Trump led a signing ceremony of agreements to provide more than $6 million to support women with additional training on farming practices, financial management and literacy.
Sunday 10/11/2019
Ivanka Trump, daughter and advisor to U.S. President Donald Trump, gives a speech during a global economic program for women, at the Palais des Congres, in Sale, Morocco November 8. (Reuters)
Ivanka Trump, daughter and advisor to U.S. President Donald Trump, gives a speech during a global economic program for women, at the Palais des Congres, in Sale, Morocco November 8. (Reuters)

RABAT - Ivanka Trump, a daughter of US President Donald Trump, speaking during a visit to Morocco, said women’s land ownership remained essential for stimulating economic and social development.

Trump, who is a White House adviser, said families, communities and countries flourish when women are invested in and included in the economy.

Trump’s trip to Morocco, November 6-8, was her third overseas trip this year to promote the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative (W-GDP), which was introduced in February to benefit women in developing countries and help them with training, access to capital and land ownership.

The W-GDP seeks to help 50 million women in developing countries advance economically over the next six years.

Trump met with Moroccan King Mohammed VI regarding legal reforms aimed at advancing gender equality in the country and hailed the historic ties between the United States and Morocco.

“Today I was honoured to speak with His Majesty King Mohammed VI & thank him for his gracious hospitality during our delegation’s visit to the beautiful country of Morocco. The US & @POTUS deeply value the long-standing & growing bilateral relationship between our countries,” she posted on Twitter.

“His Majesty and I discussed his meaningful recent legal reforms to advance gender equality in Morocco. We appreciate his leadership on making progress on all aspects of the @MCCgov Compact,” she added.

Trump told the Associated Press ahead of her trip that Morocco was a valued US ally that had taken strides under King Mohammed VI to promote gender equality.

The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Compact is working with the W-GDP in Morocco to empower female farmers whose ability to own land has traditionally been subject to the multiple systems of law that co-exist in a complex and sometimes contradictory framework.

The MCC Compact, which took effect in June, involves land ownership process that will be piloted across 67,000 hectares in the Gharb and El Haouz regions.

This programme is a part of the policy and institutional reforms supported by MCC’s $450 million agreement with Morocco and is expected to benefit 31,000 farmers and their families, the group’s website stated.

Trump met four women at an olive grove who have benefited from changes that allow them to own land, an initiative at the forefront of W-GDP’s goals to bolster women’s social and economic status in Morocco.

The olive grove is a project of the MCC, which is a US aid agency working with Morocco to promote literacy and equality in land ownership.

Aicha Bourkib, a 59-year-old housewife and mother of four, cultivates olive trees and vegetables on land she recently bought. She has two cows and said she wants to create a dairy cooperative in her village in the province of Sidi Kacem.

"When you invest in women, they invest back into their families and communities and countries flourish," Trump said.

Bourkib and the other women said the changes were of great help to them and all families in the area.

Trump led a signing ceremony of agreements between several partners to provide more than $6 million to support women with additional training on farming practices, financial management and literacy.

She said investing in women left the way for investment wide open, stressing that land ownership remained an important condition for stimulating economic and social development.

Trump was welcomed to Morocco by Princess Lalla Meryem and Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita. Her visit coincided with Morocco’s celebration of the 44th anniversary of the Green March, in which about 350,000 Moroccans took part to emphasise Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara.

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