What we do

The global Spotlight Initiative to eliminate violence against women and girls is a United Nations initiative supported by the European Union and other partners.

 

We are the world’s largest targeted effort to end all forms of violence against women and girls.

 

Launched with a seed funding commitment of €500 million from the European Union, we represent an unprecedented global effort to invest in gender equality as a precondition and driver for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

 

The Spotlight Initiative is responding to all forms of violence against women and girls, with a particular focus on domestic and family violence, sexual and gender-based violence and harmful practices, femicide, trafficking in human beings and sexual and economic (labour) exploitation.

 

As a demonstration fund for action on the Sustainable Development Goals, we are demonstrating that a significant, concerted and comprehensive investment in gender equality and ending violence can make a transformative difference in the lives of women and girls.

 

Our interventions focus on six mutually-reinforcing programming pillars:

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Laws and policies

Promoting laws and policies to prevent violence, discrimination and address impunity by:

- Advocating at all levels of government

- Providing technical assistance and capacity building

- Ensuring active and meaningful participation of women

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Institutions

Strengthening national government and regional institutions to:

- Better inform decision makers

- Develop fully-financed national action plans on ending violence against women and girls  

- Promote gender-responsive ministries

- Ensure linkages across institutions on migration, disability, poverty, ethnicity, age, location, education, overall violence and conflict

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Prevention

Promoting gender-equitable social norms, attitudes and behaviours through:

- Community-based prevention strategies

- Mobilizing women, girls, men and boys at community level

- Programming in formal and informal education settings

- Engaging men and boys

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Services

Making high-quality essential services for survivors of violence available by:

- Ensuring services provided meet global standards

- Builing capacity of service providers

- Improving service provider coordination and coverage

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Data

Improving the quality, accuracy and availability of data on violence against women and girls by:

- Enhancing the capacity of national statistics offices

- Improving data presentation to inform decision-making

-  Using data to guide programme monitoring

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Women’s movements

Promoting strong and empowered civil society and autonomous women’s movements by:

- Advocating for laws and policies that protect the participation of autonomous women’s groups

- Ensuring civil society participation in development planning

- Building capacity of civil society organizations

- Deploying innovative financing mechanisms

- Strengthening partnership and networking opportunities for civil society