The Ivory Coast passes legislation championed by Ivanka Trump which will modify the family code expanding women’s rights within the nation.
The new legislation will allow women more of a say when dealing with household assets and making important financial decisions and will allow widows to receive inheritances.
The new code also raises the minimum age to get married to 18 and provides additional protections for women against domestic violence.
This move comes just weeks after Ivanka visited the African nation pushing to expand women’s rights in the region.
During her visit, Ivanka spoke with various officials advocating to advance women’s rights to own and inherit property.
Despite the fact the legislation was in the works during her trip, her push is seen as a critical component in sealing the deal.
Ivanka touted the legislation’s passage saying, “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.”
The president’s daughter has used her platform to advocate equal rights for women all around the world, which coincides with her global initiative dubbed the White House’s Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative (W-GDP).
The push for equal rights targets 50 million women across the world and provides essential job training and other resources to ensure women in developing nations have the tools needed to be successful.
W-GDP was launched earlier this year, and if the president’s request is honored for the 2020 budget, the global initiative will be allotted another $100 million to empower women worldwide.