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U.S. Presidential Adviser Ivanka Trump Gives Boost to Women Founders at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2019

GES 2019 (The Hague)

“En route to The Hague!” tweeted Ivanka Trump, an advisor to her father, U.S. President Donald Trump.

She was visiting the Dutch metropolis in early June to take part in the “Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2019”, which was co-hosted by the American and Dutch governments.

Her core message for attendees was her support for women entrepreneurs. She also shone a spotlight on an unprecedented initiative from the U.S. government to support women founders in developing countries.

The oldest daughter of the U.S. president has long been a staunch supporter of entrepreneurs. Two years ago, Ivanka Trump showed up in Hyderabad, India, to attend the same summit alongside Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Investing in women is just smart business, says Ivanka Trump

Well-known female leaders are urging for the elimination of the gender gap and are promoting women’s rights in different sectors.

The big names in the elite group include Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s COO, Cate Blanchett, a Hollywood actress and Ivanka Trump.

Ivanka Trump spoke of women’s empowerment in the closing session.

“Investing in women is just smart business, and we should all be doing it,” Ivanka Trump said.

Ivanka Trump also described a groundbreaking initiative of her father’s administration, the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative.

The initiative, which President Trump launched in February this year, is the first whole-of-government effort to advance global women’s economic empowerment, with a main goal of ending women’s poverty and centuries-old discrimination.
The initiative seeks to reach 50 million women in the developing world by 2025 through U.S. government activities, private-public partnerships and with the help of a new innovation fund.
“Women are economically empowered, they reinvest in their families and communities, producing a multiplier effect that spurs economic growth and contributes to global peace and stability,” a White House official statement said.
President Trump’s initiative also aims to promote inclusion and workforce development.
Instead of merely focusing on women’s issues in one region, Ivanka Trump said she travels to many nations to understand women’s differing experiences. She went to Africa earlier this year, touring Ethiopia and Ivory Coast.

Mastercard CEO Ajay Bangawill also offered closing remarks alongside Ivanka Trump in The Hague, where he praised Ivanka Trump’s work.
“It’s good to have somebody who uses her position in government, (and her) ability to influence the debate to be a partner in this, it’s very useful,” he said during the session.
He also said that Mastercard is teaming up with Ivanka Trump to hasten the end of ancient discrimination against funding or lending money to women entrepreneurs.
In conclusion, Ivanka said the Global Entreprenuership Summit plays a pivotal role in the globe’s entrepreneurial ecosystem
“Everyone here is world winner today,” Ivanka Trump said.

Feliciana Hsu
English journalist and PR for Global Affairs

Feliciana gained her MSc of Media Power and Public Affairs from Royal Holloway, University of London.

After graduating from London, she started her career of being journalist at Business Next Media and Meet Startup @TW Website, and specializes in interviewing about innovation and technology.

Within her career, she has interviewed various experts in their field, including Mr.Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia; Fleur Pellerin, former French Minister of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and Sir Christopher Pissarides, Nobel Prize Laureate in Economic in 2010.