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  • White House Advisor Ivanka Trump attends a meeting with women from the coffee industry during her visit to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, April 14, 2019.

    White House Advisor Ivanka Trump attends a meeting with women from the coffee industry during her visit to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, April 14, 2019. | Photo: Reuters

Published 15 April 2019

Ivanka Trump, the senior advisor to White House is touring Ethiopia to empower women in a country which has been deemed "shithole" by her father and U.S. President. 

Ivanka Trump arrived Sunday to Ethiopia, a country infamously refered to as one of the “shithole countries” by Donald Trump, Ivanka’s father and the President of the United States.

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Trump, a senior advisor to her father is in Ethiopia, to promote an initiative by the U.S. government aimed at advancing women’s participation in the workplace. The initiative intends to benefit 50 million women in developing countries by 2025.

Joined by USAID Administrator Mark Green, she toured a female-run textile factory in the capital Addis Ababa. According to her "Investing in women is smart development policy and it's smart business.”

However, not everyone feels Ivanka’s love for women empowerment.

The Trump offspring has portrayed herself as the champion of women rights so much that on one occasion she even said,  “Women can choose to knock each other down or build each other up,” and she chooses the later. But when it came to her father, she rejected accusations against him instead of showing solidarity with women.

Just before the 2016 presidential elections, Donald Trump was accused by a number of women for sexually harassing them and a recording from 2005 was released where Trump was heard boasting about grabbing a woman without consent and getting away with it because of his fame.

“Look, I'm not in every interaction my father has but he's not a groper, it's not who he is,” Ivanka said.

“I've known my father, obviously, my whole life and he has total respect for women. He was promoting women in development and construction at a time when it was unheard of,” Ivanka Trump said even though women have been working in construction sites since the 13th century, although in slave-like conditions. But in 1800s women construction workers in the U.S. revolted against factory conditions and the gender pay gap.

The "champion of women rights" also supported Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court Judge despite rape accusations against him, and also campaigned for Kim Reynolds, a Republican who became acting governor of Iowa and strongly believes in strict abortion bans.

“I don’t talk about my politics,” Ivanka said in 2016 when asked about her stance on abortion.

Her current tour in Ethiopia is being hailed by predominantly white media as a great action towards women empowerment in Ethiopia. But not everyone feels the same way.

Ethiopian journalist Sisay Woubshet said, "I don't think people will have a good feeling about his daughter's visit this time around to promote her global initiative towards women."


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