"Women still face steep obstacles to starting, owning and growing their businesses".
India rolled out the red carpet on Tuesday for Ivanka Trump, daughter of the United States president, who was set to attend a business summit in the southern tech hub of Hyderabad, where thousands of policemen stood on guard.
The gathering, co-hosted by the US and India, comes as the two countries appear to be working to strengthen ties.
President Donald Trump and Ivanka Trump walk on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., before their departure to Milwaukee, June 13. "I am proud to see that for the first time a majority of 1,500 women entrepreneurs are participating in such an event".
Trump's visit was treated like a royal affair in India, and Hyderabad prepped for her by cleaning up its streets, banning begging and shuffling thousands of street people into shelters or rehab. More than half the participants at the summit are women, and all-female delegations are representing countries such as Afghanistan, Israel and Saudi Arabia. "The US Small Business Administration, for example, increased its lending to women by over 500 million dollars this year alone", she emphasised. The former entrepreneur said when women work, it creates a unique multiplier effect. "Through your own enterprise, entrepreneurship, and hard work, the people of India have lifted more than 130 million citizens out of poverty - a remarkable improvement, and one I know will continue to grow under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi". "In the past 11 months, we have expanded apprenticeship programs and prioritized STEM education to ensure that women - and men - have more opportunities to master the skills that drive progress in the 21st century". "Now, your tech centers may even outshine your world famous Biryani", she said, and recalled that Microsoft's Satya Nadella went to school here in Hyderabad.
Furthermore, Trump's visit is far better than if her father had gone to India.
She said much remains to be done with regard to equitable laws for women in many developing, as well as developed countries.