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Ivanka Trump kicks off South America trip promoting women

September 3, 2019
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Ivanka Trump, President Donald Trump’s daughter and White House adviser, right, stands with Colombia's Vice President Martha Lucia Ramirez at the General Santander National Policy Academy during an event with female police cadets in Bogota, Colombia, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. Ivanka Trump added a stop in Colombia to a previously announced trip to South America in September to focus on the economic empowerment of women in developing countries. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
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Ivanka Trump, President Donald Trump’s daughter and White House adviser, right, stands with Colombia's Vice President Martha Lucia Ramirez at the General Santander National Policy Academy during an event with female police cadets in Bogota, Colombia, Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. Ivanka Trump added a stop in Colombia to a previously announced trip to South America in September to focus on the economic empowerment of women in developing countries. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

BOGOTÁ, Colombia (AP) — Ivanka Trump is kicking off her trip to South America by promoting women’s empowerment.

President Donald Trump’s daughter and senior adviser met with female entrepreneurs and police cadets in Colombia on Tuesday.

One of her first stops was to the General Santander Police Academy where 22 cadets were killed in a terror attack earlier this year.

Six of the victims had received U.S. government scholarships.

Ivanka Trump said the U.S. and Colombia will develop a new peace and security alliance focused on helping women. She also announced the launch of a leadership academy aimed at equipping women with skills to develop sustainable businesses.

Colombia is a key U.S. ally struggling to advance an historic peace deal with leftist rebels and respond to a large influx of Venezuelan migrants.

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