Chelsea Clinton told Haitian Women to Be More Independent

On July 28, 2015, as part of a two day solo trip to Haiti, Chelsea Clinton visited Port-au-Prince with a group of investors and philanthropists to oversee the projects financed by the Clinton Foundation. The Clinton Foundation was founded by Bill Clinton after leaving the White House. Former President Bill Clinton has made nearly 36 trips to Haiti, for a total of 56 days since 2009.


As per foundation's statement, they have raised over $30 million since the devastating 2010 earthquake. However, such fund raisings became a subject of intense scrutiny since Hillary Rodham decided to run for the White House. During her trip, Chelsea met local farmers, artisans, hospital patients to gain a deeper understanding so that the foundation's initiatives can serve the intended beneficiaries in a better way. The mission of Chelsea's trip was to bring awareness on the effects of climate change, women's empowerment through education, developing and implementation of different health programs and economic growth. While overseeing projects financed by Clinton Foundation, she has encouraged women to educate themselves and learn how to become more independent. Chelsea Clinton also hosted a meeting with the foundation President Donna Shalala to talk about the role of Haitian women and their access to the market. After the meeting Shalala has said, Chelsea was impressed not just with the foundation's work, but with efforts by Haitian women to take control of their lives.

During her trip, as the vice chairperson of the foundation, Chelsea has emphasized on the creation of more suitable education programs so that no girl and young women have to live with the burden of illiteracy. Chelsea has studied international relations and public health. She isn't an economist, but it is very much in her mind as she promotes her family's charitable efforts, because she believes-- "it's an important part of development,''

Chelsea's visit was coincided with a peaceful protest march of around 100 people in front of the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince against the U.S. invasion and occupation of Haiti from 1915 to 1934.

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