The Spotlight Initiative will accelerate Timor-Leste's progress toward reaching its targets under the 2030 Agenda, particularly SDG 5 on Gender Equality, but also SDG 3 “Health and Well-Being”, SDG. 4 “Quality Education”, SDG 8 “Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all”, SDG 10 “Reduced Inequalities”, SDG 11 “Sustainable Cities and Communities”, SDG 16 “Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions”, and SDG 17 on “Partnerships”
The programme aims at strengthening and widening partnerships and solidarity across civil society, government, media, private sector and development partners. The Initiative will empower individuals, equip institutions at national, sub-national and community levels with the policies, systems and mechanisms to prevent and respond to VAWG, and encourage the public to challenge harmful gender norms. Using innovative approaches, the SI will build a social movement of diverse advocates and agents of change for gender equality and social inclusion.
Total cost: $15,926,340 | Direct beneficiaries: 341,231 | Indirect beneficiaries: 1,183,643
Linking Survivors & Legislators The SI will involve participatory analysis of legislative gaps by women and girls at risk of violence and dialogue with legislators and oversight bodies for bridging the formal and customary justice systems and informing ongoing judicial reforms. This will ensure laws will protect all and leave no one behind.
Whole-school Approaches The investment in whole-school interventions uses an evidence-based approach to create change on gender norms for the future generation. The SI will cover inschool and extra-curricular programming from basic through secondary education, involving students, parents, teachers, school administrators and mechanisms such as Student Councils as channels for promoting lasting change.
Mobilizing Communities for Change This SI will support gender-equitable norms, attitudes and behaviors, for healthy relationships, self-esteem and respectful masculinities through community level interventions involving parents, youth networks (Scouts, Youth Parliament) and faith-based groups. These will be complemented by mass media behaviour change communication products.
Employers & Workers as Partners The public and private sectors play an important role in transforming the way that workplaces engage with women at risk of violence and men, who are most often the perpetrators of intimate partner violence. The SI will facilitate workers to dialogue with employers, address legal gaps in labour laws and use the new international labour standard on elimination of violence and harassment (ILO Convention No. 190) to create workplaces free from VAWG.
Sustainable CSO Solutions The SI will support a VAWG Conference to raise the visibility of local expertise and good practices and promote collaboration among groups. Partnership with women’s funds for developing the organizational capacities of women’s groups and CSOs on EVAWG will contribute to new approaches to diversify funds and empower Timorese CSOs to lead the development of EVAWG initiatives and "walk the talk" for transformative change.
Women & Girls at the Centre of Services The SI will improve the capacities of health and justice service providers to provide quality essential services and increase care-seeking. Involving survivors to improve internal case management systems will ensure data protects survivors and policies can better meet their needs. The approach will transform the power relationship between the institutions and clients toward more ethical and accessible services for all.