Women's Justice and Empowerment Initiative
"For those women and children subject to rape or domestic violence, there is a related program known as the Women's Justice and Empowerment Initiative, or WJEI. Inspired by a South African program, American policy makers hope that WJEI will provide some comfort to female victims of rape and abuse, by offering both medical care and legal assistance.
This $55 million program currently supplements existing efforts in: Benin, Kenya, South Africa, and Zambia. WJEI funds will help raise awareness about gender-based violence, protect and assist victims of rape and domestic violence, and bring justice to perpetrators of violence." Full text
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"Say No to Violence Against Women" Pledge
(Nov. 19): Violence against women remains a fact of life in countries worldwide. Like poverty, HIV/AIDS, poor maternal health, and lack of access to education, violence against women is an ill that affects the person, her community, and her nation. Full Text
Remarks at the Women Leaders Working Group
(Sept. 25): "I am particularly honored to be with the four presidents who are beside me: Liberian President Johnson Sirleaf, Finnish President Halonen, Chilean President Bachelet, and of course, Philippines President Arroyo. I want to thank them for joining us and for serving as wonderful role models for people across the globe – not just for women, for people across the globe." Full text
M.O.U. Signing Between Malawi, the Rodale Institute and Women's Campaign International
(Sept. 11): The MOU facilitates the advancement of an innovative multi-sector partnership that addresses some of today’s most critical issues – food security, women’s empowerment and economic and environmental sustainability. Full text
"One Woman Initiative" Fund for Women's Empowerment
Secretary Rice (May 12): "Women are increasingly being given access to more opportunities than ever before. It is critical, however, that we remember that this work is, by no means, done. In an age where women are climbing to new heights, we must pause for a moment and direct our concerns toward those who have been left behind." Full text