Ivanka Trump, the daughter of Donald Trump, announced on Wednesday (6 February) she is leading a new women’s empowerment initiative for the White House.
Trump has been involved in her father’s political career since the beginning, both on the campaign trail and beyond.
She penned an essay for the Wall Street Journal announcing the new plan. It’s called the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative, or W-GDP.
According to Trump, the initiative sets a goal of helping ’50 million women in developing countries realize their economic potential by 2025′.
‘Research suggests that the more women are excluded from full participation in a country’s economy, the likelier it is that the country will be involved in conflict and respond to a threat with immediate violence,’ she wrote.
A new fund for this program is being established at the U.S. Agency for International Development to help support proposals and future plans. President Donald Trump has also reportedly directed USAID to allocate $50 million to this fund.
The program has three pillars. The first focuses on workforce development and vocational education, the second on women as entrepeneurs, and the third on ‘legal, regulatory and cultural barriers that prevent women from participating in their local economies’.
Trump continued in her essay: ‘The economic empowerment of women shouldn’t be viewed as a “women’s issue.” Smart development assistance benefits families, communities and nations. By investing in women, we are investing in a future in which countries can support themselves by unleashing the potential of their own people.’
Is this hypocritical?
On its surface, this initiative seems like a good step forward from this administration.
However, the administration has made numerous decisions and policy changes directly targeting women, which casts suspicion on the new program.
First and foremost, there’s the matter of the 21 women who have accused President Trump of sexual assault and misconduct.
Regarding policy, Betsy DeVos, Trump’s head of the Education Department, introduced new policies favoring the accused in sexual assault cases. Trump also implemented a new gag rule targeting women’s healthcare.
Ivanka Trump has also not proven herself an ally, either.