The USA President’s Advisor, Ivanka Trump praised Morocco’s “significant and bold reforms” for the economic empowerment of women on Wednesday in Washington.
In a speech to mark the State Department’s celebration of the 1st anniversary of the Women’s Economic Development Initiative (W-GDP), Trump noted that “two of the most significant milestones in the first year of existence of the W-GDP revert to the governments of Ivory Coast and Morocco, each of which has introduced legislative amendments to promote economic empowerment and restore women’s land and property rights”.
“We salute these governments for bringing about these important and bold reforms,” said the Advisor to the President, noting that “the United States is impatient and ready to work with any country willing to take action to remove barriers” which hinder the full economic development of women.
“In 75 countries, there is at least one law that prohibits women from owning, managing or inheriting land. We can and must face these discriminatory laws,” she said.
According to the W-GDP’s first annual report, 12 million women benefited from this initiative in 2019, while nearly two million women participated in training and development programs supported by the United States government.
Similarly, more than 9,000 women-led businesses have received some $ 1.6 billion in loans guaranteed by the United States government, and 5 legal instruments have been amended to promote gender equality and non-discrimination.
In this regard, the report recalls that Ivanka Trump and the CEO of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), Sean Cairncross, met in Morocco last November with government officials and local officials to discuss how to help strengthen the economic empowerment of women, in particular by consolidating access to land rights.
Morocco recently reformed its legislation to revise the structure and administration of communal land, including for women, the same source said.
At the end of her visit to Kingdom, Trump’s adviser praised the reforms undertaken under the leadership of HM King Mohammed VI over the past twenty years, in particular on the issue of promoting the rights of women and their economic empowerment.
In this context, important laws have been adopted by the parliament to guarantee the rights of women on collective lands and enable them to fully benefit from the economic opportunities generated there.