Senior Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump commemorated the first anniversary of her signature policy, the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative (W-GDP) at the State Department Wednesday afternoon.
For the celebratory event, Ivanka wore a baby blue chiffon spring dress from the Italian luxury brand Max Mara. The Max Mara “Malizia” dress pleated chiffon midi dress features a mock neckline with a tie neck and long cuffed sheer sleeves. It is fitted at the waistline and falls with a plisse-pleated skirt below the knee. It retails for $1,850 is available for purchase at Bergdorf Goodman.
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Speaking at the event, Ivanka announced the forthcoming introduction of the “W-GDP Act” into the House and Senate. The proposed legislation would enable and promote women’s economic empowerment, while specifically focusing on “eliminating legal and societal barriers that prevent women from fully participating in the economy.”
“This legislation would permanently authorize W-GDP and establish women’s economic empowerment as a core facet of the United States foreign policy, in line with the President’s own national security strategy,” Ivanka said, adding the legislation is a “long overdue goal.”
It would also establish an Office of Women’s Empowerment at the State Department. The W-GDP Act will be be written and introduced by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire).
“In the coming year, we can work to empower millions of women to lift their families out of poverty, to grow the economies in their country, to reduce dependence and to deliver on the promise of greater peace and prosperity,” Ivanka said. “I look forward to working with each of you around this table as we advance this ambitious goal.”
The State Department event was attended by several high-level administration officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, national security adviser Robert O’Brien and Larry Kudlow, Trump’s top economic adviser, along with members of Congress and others.
Ivanka announced that the initiative had reached 12 million women around the globe in the year since it was launched in February 2019. The women’s empowerment initiative since its creation, promotes women’s empowerment through programs sponsored by 10 U.S. agencies with a goal of helping 50 million women in developing nations advance economically by 2025. Nearly 2 million women have participated in U.S.-supported workforce training and development programs, and more than 9,000 women-led businesses have received more than $1.6 billion in U.S. government-backed loans.
The Senior Advisor has promoted the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative during visits to Africa and South America. Next week, Ivanka will head to Dubai for the Global Women’s Forum of 2020 and will be the keynote speaker during the official opening.
“It will be a pleasure to welcome Ivanka Trump to Global Women’s Forum Dubai 2020 this year,” Mona Al Marri, managing director of Dubai Women Establishment said. “As a strong advocate for women’s empowerment, and a champion of female entrepreneurship, she has established effective partnerships and led a variety of initiatives that have furthered the positive impact of women across the world. Ivanka Trump will bring valuable expertise and insights into boosting support to women-owned enterprises and propelling female entrepreneurs across the region.”