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Former Pres. Sirleaf and Ivanka Trump discuss women empowerment

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Former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-Former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has met with United States First Lady Ivanka Trump in New York to discuss issues around the empowerment of women.

A statement from the former President’s office issued Monday, October 1, 2018 said the meeting was at the request of the Advisor to the President of the United States on Education and Economic Empowerment of Women.

Madam Trump has taken a new role at the White House focusing on the education and economic empowerment of women and their families.

It also includes job creation and the promotion of economic growth through workforce development, skills training and entrepreneurship.

A day earlier, Ivanka announced that the White House was planning a “major initiative” that will be launched in 2019 and will consolidate efforts to promote women’s economic empowerment.

The 2019 initiative of the US First Lady will focus on “three pillars including vocational education, promotion of women entrepreneurs, and eliminating barriers and creating enabling environments so that women in the developing world are able to freely participate in their local economies.


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