Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
November 18, 2008
Women's Justice and Empowerment Initiative
U.S. Program Goals
The Women’s Justice and Empowerment Initiative (WJEI) was announced by President Bush at the G-8 summit in June 2005, and is intended to assist four African countries that have begun efforts to combat sexual violence and abuse against women: Kenya, South Africa, Benin, and Zambia.
Major Program Components
Criminal Justice: INL lead. Strengthen capacity of legal system to protect women and punish violators. Includes improving legislation; training police to investigate abuse and domestic violence; and, improving prosecutorial and judicial ability to prosecute cases
Public Affairs/ Media outreach: USAID lead. Increase awareness of gender based violence and need for judicial protection, through conferences, media campaigns, and education
Rehabilitation and reintigration: USAID lead. Strengthen capacity of shelters and health care for women. Improve counseling services and opportunities for victims to be reintegrated into society and their communities.Criminal Justice Program
U.S. Program Components and Accomplishments
U.S. Government Funding FY2005-2008
FY05-08: $55 million for all project components.