Presidential daughter and senior adviser Ivanka Trump strongly condemned sexual harassment in the workplace in a speech she gave on women’s advancement conference in Tokyo, Japan earlier.
Ivanka said in the World Assembly for Women that such sexual abuses against women should not be tolerated amid the increasing attention to sexual harassment in Hollywood and other industries in the U.S. following the revelations on the abuses of film producer Harvey Weinstein and the other disclosures that followed suit involving other powerful men including actors.
Ivanka said: “All too often, our workplace culture fails to treat women with appropriate respect. This takes many forms including harassment which can never be tolerated.”
She also added in her speech that workplaces must make wider efforts to respect women’s values and to also be considerate and accommodate the necessity for balance between work and family.
Ivanka pointed out that while there may have been an increase in the percentage of women at workplaces, corporate expectations, however, have remained “stagnant” and still operate on “a single-honor mindset” with the automatic expectations that mothers are required to stay home in order to provide full time care to the children or family.
Such set-up, Ivanka stressed, “disproportionately” impacts women and can force them to leave their jobs or limit their ambitions especially when affordable care for children becomes challenging. Ivanka said women should be able to enjoy motherhood without compromising their careers.
The senior adviser to the President also said such concerns should be regarded as a “family issue” and not be limited to a “woman’s issue.”
The conference Ivanka participated in is part of Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s “womenomics” initiative targeted at encouraging women to join the workforce and supporting and promoting their advancement as a way to boost national economic growth.
Ivanka went to Japan at the personal invitation of Abe. She will leave on Saturday, a day before President Trump’s own arrival in Japan on Sunday. Ivanka and Abe are also scheduled to have dinner together at a Japanese restaurant later on Friday.
Ivanka was also originally scheduled to visit China and South Korea next after her Japan trip, but had to cancel at the last minute to immediately return to the U.S. to help her father promote the tax plan.