US presidential adviser Ivanka Trump may have only landed in the UAE yesterday morning, but she is fast becoming a champion of women empowerment and modest fashion ahead of her keynote address at the official opening of the Global Women’s Forum Dubai (GWFD) today February 16.
“I am delighted to be attending the Global Women’s Forum Dubai to advance women’s economic empowerment around the world and highlight the progress of the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative,” explained Trump, highlighting the one-year anniversary of her women’s rights program. “This initiative has impacted over 12 million women in its first year, well on its way towards our goal of economically empowering 50 million women by 2025.”
Held at Madinat Jumeirah over the course of two days, the GWFD is set to welcome more than 100 global leaders and 3,000 delegates, including former UK prime minister Theresa May and managing director of the IMF Kristalina Georgieva, with the aim to engage in multi-disciplinary dialogue on the advancement of women in the Arab world.
Upon her arrival in Dubai, the daughter of the American president was welcomed by Mona Al Marri, Chairperson of the Dubai Women Establishment Board of Directors, wearing a long, white tailored coat with contrasting black lapels for a clean modern look as they discussed the GWFD organized by the Dubai Women Establishment under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
Continuing her whirlwind visit in the UAE, Trump headed to the capital to tour the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in a silk, navy and gold maxi dress from Emirati label Layeur in celebration of the widely popular designers and sartorial creations hailing from the region. Trump paired the long-sleeved metallic ensemble with a matching belt and classic pumps in a glittering picture of modest fashion that is quickly taking over fashion week runways and Hollywood red carpet events.
Combining business with pleasure at her next stop at the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Trump met with UAE ministers and local entrepreneurs, including Minister of Culture and former WILL Summit speaker HE Noura Bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, to discuss female empowerment in the region before visiting the museum’s collections.
“This is the perfect way to start out what is a short but hopefully very substantive and productive visit to the UAE,” she said in the meeting. “To hear directly from female entrepreneurs about the opportunities and the barriers that have been lifted in recent years and challenges ahead for each of you directly in your unique businesses and industries.”
While addressing the second edition of the GWFD on topics of economic reform and women’s rights progress, Trump donned a golden wrap dress with a high collar and cinched sleeves. “The UAE is taking bold leadership on this mission in the region and we hope that other countries join in reforming laws that prevent women from fully and freely integrating into the political, social and economic spheres,” said Trump previously.
Echoing the sentiment in her speech earlier today, the American businesswoman praised the UAE’s leaders for “removing barriers to women joining the workforce and developing a national strategy that recognizes women as central to sustainable growth”.