Ivanka Trump, the daughter of and adviser to the US President Donald Trump, was pictured in Ethiopia, Africa this morning. The 37-year-old’s first visit was to the Dumoro Coffee shop in Addis Ababa. During the outing, she met with Ethiopian women representing the coffee industry. Here, they discussed the empowerment of women in the Ethiopian coffee industry.
On her four-day tour of the continent, Ivanka will next head to Ivory Coast.
She has made the trip in order to promote the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP), which launched in February.
The initiative aims to train women across the world, in a bid to help them to get well-paying jobs.
The gender pay gap is evident in facts and figures released by U.N. Women.
Globally, the gender wage gap is estimated to be 23 per cent.
U.N. Women explain this means that women earn just 77 per cent of what men earn, however it goes on to reveal that this is in fact understated, as it does not include the date of self-employment – something which is prevalent in developing countries.
In addition, women tend to spend roughly two and a half times more time carrying out unpaid care and domestic work, as opposed to men.
Following her first engagement in Ethiopia, Ivanka took to Twitter.
She told her 6.37 million followers: “Joined @USAIDMarkGreen and the Ethiopian Women in Coffee Association (EWIC) for a great discussion (and coffee cupping!) with inspiring female entrepreneurs.
“With @USAID support, they are overcoming a lack of access to capital and growing their businesses. #WGDP.”
Earlier this week, Ivanka spoke at the White House during an announcement on the 5G technology rollout.
Ivanka’s relationship with her step-mother Melania Trump, 48, has recently made headlines.
It came after her mother Ivana, 70, was quizzed on the pair, who both serve in the Trump administration.
Former fashion model and businesswoman Ivana said: “She likes her fine.”
Donald Trump has five children, three of which he shares with Ivana: Donald Trump Jr, 41, Ivanka, and Eric Trump, 35.
He is also father to Tiffany Trump, 25, from a different previous marriage, and Melania and the President welcomed Barron Trump, now 12, into the world back in 2006.
Ivanka Trump: Five facts about Donald Trump’s daughter
Ivanka is not, in fact, her real name. She actually shares her mother’s name Ivana.
Explaining why she is known as Ivanka in a 2010 tweet, she said: “In Czech, Ivanka is the baby name for Ivana, like Bobby is to Robert.”
Ivanka was well known to the American public before her father became President thanks to appearances on TV.
She made short cameos on Project Runway and Gossip Girl, as well as becoming a primary boardroom member on The Apprentice with Donald.
Ivanka married Jared Kushner on 25 October 2009 at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, after a three month engagement.
Barron Trump served as ring bearer, as Ivanka wore a custom Vera Wang gown accessorised with diamonds from her fine jewellery collection.
Ivanka was raised as a Presbyterian Christian, but converted to Judaism to allow her to marry Jared Kushner.
Ivanka studied with Elie Weinstock from the Modern Orthodox Ramaz School, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City.
She now keeps kosher and observes the Jewish Sabbath. Ivanka said in the February 2015 edition of Vogue: “We’re pretty observant… It’s been such a great life decision for me… I really find that with Judaism, it creates an amazing blueprint for family connectivity.
“From Friday to Saturday we don’t do anything but hang out with one another. We don’t make phone calls.”
Ivanka ran a fashion line for 11 years, only recently closing it down. She also had a fine jewellery store which closed in March 2017.
Ivanka now focuses on her role as an advisor to the President, Donald Trump.