Investing in women builds countries
White House adviser Ivanka Trump, center-left, meets with women in Côte D’Ivoire in 2019. The country is one of 22 involved with a women’s development program. (© Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images)
By : Lauren Monsen.
Some 100,000 women in 22 countries will get training or investment to help them prosper in the workforce under a U.S.-backed program that involves the private and public sectors in those countries.The projects — mostly in Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia — are part of the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative, a White House program launched by presidential adviser Ivanka Trump. The first batch of grants, totaling $27 million for 14 projects in 22 countries, was announced earlier in July.
“We know that investing in women builds countries that are resilient and self-reliant,” said Mark Green, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, which is implementing the program.
The program will provide many women with vocational education to help them find jobs. Promoting entrepreneurship and improving access to capital, markets and business networks also are vital parts of the program, Trump said. Here are some examples of the 14 projects:
Workers arrange chickens at a farm in Jakarta. (© Ahmad Zamroni/AFP/Getty Images)
Five thousand women in poultry-supply chains are expected to get higher incomes as part of a program with the Jadi Pengusaha Mandiri initiative.
An employee drives an electric bus powered by solar energy on the campus of Félix Houphouët-Boigny University in Abidjan. (© Sia Kambou/AFP/Getty Images)
Some 750 post-secondary young women will get training in solar-energy sales, installation and service as entrepreneurs and employees of solar-powered micro-grids under the PRO-Jeunes Vocational Training for Women in Energy program.
A woman leaves after handing in her résumé during a job fair at the Telecommunications Workers Union in Rio de Janeiro in June. (© Mauro Pimentel/AFP/Getty Images)
As many as 8,700 women in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru will acquire the skills needed to work in tech jobs under a Women Prospering in Technology program.
A woman in Benin (© Eric Lafforgue/Art in All of Us/Getty Images)
At least 170 women victims of gender-based violence will be given employment and entrepreneurship opportunities through an initiative called A Micro-Journey to Self-Reliance: Economic Reintegration for Victims of Gender-Based Violence.
The White House program’s 14 current projects aim to help an estimated 100,000 women. The ultimate goal is to empower 50 million women in developing countries by 2025.
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