Published:  02:09 AM, 02 July 2019 Last Update: 02:15 AM, 02 July 2019

Ivanka urges countries to do more on women's rights

Ivanka urges countries to do more on women's rights Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia, Argentine President Mauricio Macri, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Advisor to U.S. President Ivanka Trump, U.S. President Donald Trump and Indonesian President Joko Wi

Ellen Cranley

White House adviser Ivanka Trump took center stage at a women's empowerment event at the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan. Speaking on a stage that only included two female world leaders, Trump touted her father's record on pushing for women's empowerment but insisted that "every nation...can and should do more."

Trump has drawn harsh criticism for her past work as the White House's face of women's empowerment, as critics point to policies from her father's administration that many say could restrict women's rights in countries across the world.

 White House adviser Ivanka Trump took center stage at a side event of the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan to call on world leaders to prioritize empowering women.

President Donald Trump's eldest daughter sat alongside her father and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Special Event on Women's Empowerment, where she insisted initiatives aimed at stimulating female economic empowerment should be placed "at the very heart of the G20 agenda." Though Trump was one of two women to speak at the meeting, there were only two female world leaders on the stage, outgoing British Prime Minister Theresa May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel,

Trump pointed to developments under her father's administration, including the Women's Global Development and Prosperity initiative, but insisted that "every nation, including the United States, can and should do more." "If we propose bold solutions and challenge the limits of the past, we'll empower women to lift their families out of poverty, to grow the economies in their countries and to deliver greater peace and prosperity to millions around the world," she said.

Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, whom Trump has praised in the past for her track record of women's rights causes, also addressed the group. Trump has traveled extensively as the White House's key face behind efforts for expanding women's rights, including a trip to the Ivory Coast, after which she drew harsh blowback from critics who pointed to her father's policy record that sometimes has contradicted the women's rights she touts.

Many critics have specifically pointed to issues like the Trump administration's support for restrictive abortion policies that include cutting aid " to any foreign-based organization that performs, promotes or offers information on abortion," which restricts women's reproductive rights in other countries.

Abe, who chairs the summit, had submitted a report to the intergovernmental network Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development that said "further progress" was seen in most G20-member economies toward meeting the group's goal of reducing the gender gap in labor force participation by 25 percent by 2025

Though the report found there had been progress, stark differences remain among countries with vastly different rates of participation by gender in the workforce.

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