Ivanka promotes the empowerment of women in business on trip to Ethiopia
FAR from the din of Washington, Ivanka Trump toured businesses run by women in Ethiopia while promoting a White House global economic programme for women.
US President Donald Trump's daughter and senior adviser visited a coffee shop and textile company in Addis Ababa. It was her first stop in Africa on a four-day trip to Ethiopia and Ivory Coast on behalf of a White House project intended to boost 50 million women in developing countries by 2025.
Aiming to offer assistance and learn about the struggles of women in business, she took part in a traditional coffee ceremony, visited with weavers and announced new financial support for businesses.
"Investing in women is smart development policy and it's smart business," Ms Trump said, sitting in Dumerso Coffee, a dimly lighted space with a woven ceiling, tile floor and colourful paintings. Alongside were women who work in the industry.
This is Ms Trump's first visit to Africa since the president launched the Women's Global Development and Prosperity Initiative.
It's a programme she hopes will outlast an administration better known for "America First" isolationism.
She has drawn praise for taking on this project and for making the trip. But thousands of miles from Washington, she is sure to be shadowed by her father's efforts to cut international aid, as well as his past disparaging comments about Africa.