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GES 2017: Ivanka Trump pitches policy formulation to back women workforce

Ivanka said it is necessary to align what is being taught in the classroom with economic realities

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 

Ivanka Trump, GES 2017
Hyderabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Ivanka Trump, daughter and adviser to the US President, at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2017 in Hyderabad on Tuesday. PTI Photo / GES

Trump, the eldest daughter of and advisor to US President Donald Trump, today batted for the formulation of policies that support greater participation of women in the workforce.

She even referred to technology that can be used to allow women to work from kitchens and help reduce the

"I think it's incredibly important that policies support modern families... We need to start thinking about ways to support the modern workforce and the modern reality in the household. I think technology is a great driver," she said.

She was speaking at a session on innovation in workforce development on the second day of the (GES).

suggested that policymakers need to devise ways to support the "modern workforce and the modern reality in the household".

"Technology is reducing barriers to starting businesses, it's creating flexibility... Technology offers tremendous opportunities to women and women entrepreneurs," she pointed out.

Stating that there is a need to fuel and workforce development, said it is necessary to align what is being taught in the classroom with economic realities.

Ivanka, 36, a businesswoman and a fashion designer too, said efforts should be made to get more women into male-dominated professions to create an equitable balance in the workforce.

"I am incredibly fearful that when we look at where future work is going if women continue to represent only 13 per cent of engineers in the or continue to represent only 24 per cent of computer science professionals, the gender wage gap is actually going to grow in years to come.

"It is something we need to address, it is something that the administration in the US is very very focused on," she stressed.

First Published: Wed, November 29 2017. 16:43 IST