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What has Trump’s flagship women’s initiative achieved so far? (Devex)

March 26, 2020

From the article:

“…W-GDP launched in February 2019 with the goal of reaching 50 million women by 2025 through three pillars of work: improving access to vocational training and helping women secure jobs; supporting women entrepreneurs through access to capital and networks; and removing legal, regulatory, and cultural barriers to women’s economic participation.

‘I’ve been excited to see an emphasis on a whole-of-government approach, which is unprecedented for these issues,’ Megan O’Donnell, assistant director of the gender program at the Center for Global Development, told Devex.

The administration of President Donald Trump has put forward a strategy, defined clear goals that it wants to achieve, and set reporting requirements — all elements that are essential to the success of an initiative, said Lyric Thompson, senior director of policy and advocacy at the International Center for Research on Women.

But she lamented that the White House has, at the same time, consistently tried to cut the overall foreign assistance budget. ‘If they want to do more work, it should be in addition to gender and development globally,’ she said.

W-GDP reached 12 million women in its first year, according to the administration…”

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