SIDI KACEM, Morocco—Visiting Morocco for the first time, Ivanka Trump received a warm welcome on Thursday, Nov. 7, from women in a region of the country where they are benefiting from changes that allow them to own land.
One woman expressed her gratitude by hugging Ivanka Trump and kissing her hands.
At an olive grove in a province two hours north of the capital of Rabat, President Donald Trumps daughter and White House adviser met four women, all of whom inherited land or bought it. She later strutted her way into a ceremony as participants banged drums and blew horns. Inside, women ululated to show their approval.
“When you invest in women, they invest back into their families and communities and countries flourish,” Ivanka Trump said.
She is visiting Morocco to promote the Womens Global Development and Prosperity initiative, a U.S. government program she spearheads that has a goal of helping 50 million women in developing countries advance economically in the coming years.
The initiative focuses on helping women develop job skills and succeed as entrepreneurs, along with changing cultures and laws.
Morocco is changing its land ownership laws and “we are here to support and encourage the full implementation of that,” she said.
The women she met among the groves of trees bearing black olives thanked her.
Aicha Bourkib, 59, embraced her, clasping her hands and kissing them. The housewife and mother of four grow olive trees and vegetables on land she recently bought. She has two cows and wants to create a dairy cooperative in her village in the province of Sidi Kacem.
Bourkib and the other women told Ivanka Trump through a translator that the changes “help us and all the families in the area.”