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Women empowerment : Washington cites Morocco as example

US President daughter Ivanka Trump during a trip to Morocco. / DR
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The US Department of State cited Morocco as an example in terms of women's empowerment through the campaign to improve women's land and property rights, as part of the partnership with the Millennium Challenge Corporation.

On the occasion of a online event held Tuesday on the development and prosperity of women in the world in the presence of the Advisor to the American president, Ivanka Trump, Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun indicated that the Millennium Challenge Corporation worked, through the Global Women's Development and Prosperity Initiative (W-GDP), with the Moroccan government to recognize the rights of all heirs, mainly girls, to inherit and own land.

«Samira Sabri, a woman from the Marrakech-Safi region, will finally be able to legally inherit the land handed down to her by her father. She will now have the right to work the land that her family has been farming for generations and use it to support her own family. As a landowner, she will also have better access to capital, education and opportunities. Samira will contribute to the prosperity of her nation, and she will be economically self-sufficient», said the American official.

«We are delighted to see more women like Samira succeed as the Department of State is working to improve women's access to courts in Côte d'Ivoire, Eswatini, South Africa, Indonesia and Papua-New Guinea», he said, recalling that similar programs on women's rights are being undertaken in other countries such as Afghanistan and Pakistan.

According to Biegun, promoting the empowerment of women is «also a smart economic policy. Now more than ever, as we come back from the COVID-19 pandemic, women will be essential to economic recovery».

The Advisor to the US President Ivanka Trump, who heads the W-GDP, visited last year Morocco where she learned about women's access to collective land, a project initiated by King Mohammed VI to consolidate the empowerment of women.

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