U.S. Govt. Announces Women Economic Empowerment Programs in IndiaFebruary 08, 2019 10:17
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In a bid to economically empower 50 million women across the world, the Trump administration has announced that it will launch two projects in India in partnership with the private sector.
The initiative will be led by the senior adviser and first daughter Ivanka Trump. Donald Trump signed a memorandum to launch the Women's Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative - a first-of-its-kind, whole-of-government approach to women's economic empowerment. One of the programs will be launched in West Bengal.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in partnership with PepsiCo in West Bengal will scale women's economic empowerment throughout PepsiCo's agriculture supply chains, the White House said.
"The OPIC (The Overseas Private Investment Corporation) USD100 million loan will expand IndusInd's microfinance lending to women in India," it added.
Further the USAID-United Parcel Service Memorandum of Understanding is aimed at improving the ability of women entrepreneurs to export their goods to markets, with an initial focus in Africa, Asia, and Central America.
The Department of State's Office of Global Women's Issues will launch 'WE RISE' to work with microfinance civil society organizations to reduce barriers faced by women entrepreneurs.
It as well proclaimed a creation of a W-GDP Fund which with an initial USD 50 million funds at USAID will support effective and innovative programs that advance women's economic empowerment.
"Our goal is to reach 50 million women and maybe more, and it looks like it is probably going to be substantially more than that, substantially more than 50 million women, in the developing world, and that will be done, Ivanka, by 2025, has said," Trump told reporters at the White House as he signed the memorandum in this regard.
"Our goal is to empower women to help their home countries become self-reliant and to allow a lot of families, millions of families throughout the world to become self-reliant. And also in the United States, very importantly," he said.
"As my national security strategy says, investing in women helps achieve greater peace and prosperity between nations, not only our nation, this is all nations, all over the world, we're getting together, we've developed a lot of really tremendous relationships because of what we're doing right here,” Trump said.
Earlier in an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, Ivanka said this new initiative will for the first time coordinate America's commitment to one of the most undervalued resources in the developing world - the talent, ambition and genius of women. This initiative aims to help 50 million women in developing countries realize their economic potential by 2025.
Observing that expanding women's economic participation has the possibility to boost global economic output by an additional USD12 trillion by 2025, Ivanka said this number represents far more than an economic boom - it represents millions of lives full of promise: mothers who could provide for their children, daughters who could be the first to graduate from high school, and young women who could start businesses and create jobs.