In April, Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump traveled to Africa, where she made the case for advancing women’s rights and legal status across the world. One of the countries she visited, Ivory Coast, today took concrete steps toward that vision by passing legislation encouraged by Ms. Trump.
“We are pleased to recognize and applaud the Ivorian government’s recent passage of the marriage law, which supports women’s equal management of household assets,” she said in a statement to The Associated Press.
This new legislation paves the way for the economic empowerment of women and sets an example for other countries to follow. Specifically, the updated family code makes the social and political landscape more equitable for women by getting rid of laws that prevented them from owning or inheriting property.
Reforms such as these are a top priority for the White House’s Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative (W-GDP), which Ivanka Trump helps lead. W-GDP’s core message is that when women are empowered, both their families and their communities benefit substantially.