Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative
When women are economically empowered, they re-invest in their families and communities, producing a multiplier effect that spurs economic growth and contributes to global peace and stability. In February 2019, President Trump established the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative, also led and created by Advisor to the President, Ivanka Trump. This initiative is the first whole-of-government effort to advance global women’s economic empowerment.
W-GDP seeks to reach 50 million women in the developing world by 2025 through U.S. government activities, private-public partnerships, and a new, innovative W-GDP Fund. In its first year, W-GDP reached 12 million women worldwide.
The W-GDP Initiative aims to enhance opportunities for women to participate meaningfully in the economy and advance both prosperity and national security. W-GDP focuses on three pillars: Women Prospering in the Workforce, Women Succeeding as Entrepreneurs, and Women Enabled in the Economy.
2X is committed to addressing the unique challenges women face globally and unlocking the multi-trillion dollar opportunity they represent. 2X has catalyzed more than $3 billion of investment in projects that meet the 2X Criteria and in 2020 committed to mobilizing an additional $6 billion.
The Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative was announced at the G20 Leaders’ Summit in July 2017 and launched in October 2017 at the World Bank. We-Fi is an unprecedented opportunity to harness the public and private sectors to open new doors for women entrepreneurs across the developing world.
Today, 1.7 billion women in low- and middle-income countries still do not own mobile phones. Advancing women’s digital connectivity is key to promoting their empowerment in an increasingly digital world. WomenConnect Challenge seeks to bridge the gender digital divide so that women can fully participate in the global economy.
International Visitor Leadership Program
The International Visitor Leadership Program, or IVLP, will bring participants from around the world to the United States to examine best practices for reducing restrictive legal, regulatory, and cultural barriers to women’s full and free participation in the economy.