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Advisor to the US President Ivanka Trump arrives for a panel discussion at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at the Hyderabad convention centre (HICC) in Hyderabad on November 29, 2017.

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Govt shutdown forces Ivanka Trump to postpone launch of women’s global economic empowerment initiative

By WITW Staff on January 2, 2019

Ivanka Trump is planning to roll out a White House initiative that aims to boost women’s economic empowerment around the world, but its formal launch — planned for next week — has been postponed amid uncertainty about the government shutdown, the White House said on Monday.

Backed by the State Department and the National Security Council, the scheme seeks to unite government agencies and private-sector investment to support entrepreneurship by women and address legal and social barriers to their full participation in the economy.

“I look forward to continuing to work with the interagency and members of Congress on both sides of the aisle to advance women’s access to vocational training, fuel female entrepreneurship and lift legal and social barriers that restrict our full and free economic participation,” Trump told The Associated Press.

A senior adviser to her father, U.S. president Donald Trump, Ivanka has been leading the policy process for the past 18 months, AP reports.

She earlier led an effort to launch a World Bank fund to help drive women’s entrepreneurship, and advocated for the Women’s Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Act, which passed Congress.

Watch Ivanka Trump discuss her vision for women’s economic empowerment at the Organization of American State in 2018:

Read the full story at Associated Press.

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