Harassment of women can’t be tolerated, says Ivanka Trump in Japan

Ivanka Trump, advisor to US President Donald Trump, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrive for a dinner at a restaurant in Tokyo. (Photo: AP/PTI)

US President Donald Trump‘s daughter and senior advisor Ivanka Trump said here on Friday that sexual harassment of women should “never be tolerated”.

Ivanka Trump’s visit came just two days before the US President’s scheduled arrival in Japan on the first stop of an Asia tour.

At a World Assembly for Women, she spoke about boosting equal participation in “traditionally male-dominated sectors of our economy” but there were many empty seats that officials blamed on tight security restrictions, the BBC reported.

Ivanka Trump’s father had been accused by multiple women of sexual harassment and assault, all of which his representatives denied.

Accusations of groping, forced kissing and walking unannounced into changing areas at beauty pageants were made against Trump when he was running for President.

Past weeks brought heightened focus on sexual harassment around the world, which was sparked by the accusations against Hollywood movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, continued in the #metoo movement where victims shared stories online, and already claimed the job of a UK Cabinet Minister, Michael Fallon.

When asked last week about the claims against Trump, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said all the women who made the accusations were lying.

At the Tokyo conference, Ivanka Trump 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.”

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