Ivanka Trump applauds women’s empowerment in Saudi ArabiaRiyadh (Web Desk): United States President Donald Trump’s eldest daughter Ivanka said on Sunday that she was inspired by the women of Saudi Arabia.

During a visit to Saudi Arabia with her father and US delegation, Ivanka addressed a group of accomplished Saudi women led by Princess Reema bint Bandar, deputy president of Saudi Arabia’s Women’s Sports Authority, she said, “The stories of Saudi women, such as yourselves, catalyzing change, inspire me to believe in the possibility of global women’s empowerment.”

She tweeted about the meeting, “Today I met with Saudi Arabian women leaders and learned directly of their accomplishments, challenges and vision for the future.”
She said Saudi Arabia has made “encouraging” progress in empowering women.

Serving her father as an adviser Ivanka said, “Saudi Arabia’s progress, especially in recent years, is very encouraging but there’s still a lot of work to be done and freedoms and opportunities to continue to fight for. Saudi Arabia has pledged a program of social and economic reforms as part of the ambitious Vision 2030 strategy launched last year.”

She added, “Around the world women continue to achieve unprecedented levels of rights and freedoms.”
In recent years, Saudi women became part of the Shoura Council, with 20 percent of seats, as well as on municipal councils all over the country. In February, a Saudi woman was appointed to head the Saudi stock exchange, known as the Tadawul.
Another Saudi woman was appointed as head of the major bank Samba.