White House adviser Ivanka Trump helped to launch a U.S.-funded initiative supporting women entrepreneurs in Colombia on Tuesday as part of her three-nation tour of South America.
At an event in Bogota with Colombian Vice President Marta Lucia Ramirez, Ms. Trump said the new Academy of Women Entrepreneurs will help to reduce barriers to women’s participation in the economy.
The academy is “designed to equip women with the practical skills they need to create sustainable businesses and to participate more fully in the global economy,” Ms. Trump said.
“This is particularly important in Colombia where women play an increasingly critical role in the country’s economic development and continued transition to peace,” she said.Colombia is the first stop on her tour, which also will take her to Argentina and Paraguay to promote the administration’s Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative, established in February. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan and other U.S. officials also are participating in the trip.
Organizers expect 40 Colombian women to benefit from the academy initially.
“We need women taking active part in all the roles of leadership,” said Ms. Ramirez, the nation’s first