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Project ID:00111639Description:Mexico Spotlight Programme
Spotlight Initiative Fund
Start Date *: 24 Aug 2018
Latin America
End Date*: 31 Dec 2022
Country: Mexico Project Status: On Going
  Participating Organization:   Multiple

Programme Description

Studies show that 66.1 percent of women aged 15 or above have suffered from violence at some point in their lives in Mexico. In 2016, 2,746 female deaths with presumption of murder were recorded – an estimate of 7.5 women murdered per day.

The Spotlight programme in Mexico is designed to strengthen, complement and support existing mechanisms and initiatives at federal, state, and municipal levels to eradicate femicide and other forms of violence against women and girls.

Number of beneficiaries: 4,700,000 (direct) | 14,100,000 (indirect)


Recipient UN organizations: UN Women, UNFPA, UNDP, UNICEF, OHCHR and UNODC


Spotlight Country Programme Focal Point at the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office: Francisco García; Email:


The total investment contribution of the EU for Phase I (2019-2020) amounts to USD 6,300,000 and is divided according to the following;

  •  Policies and legislation (outcome 1): Spotlight will establish a legal framework to strengthen accountability mechanisms, which will contribute to the eradication of violence against women and girls and femicide. Spotlight will revise the General Law of Administrative Responsibilities to advance accountability of public officials with regard to violence against women and girls.
  • Institutions (outcome 2):  Spotlight will strengthen and coordinate institutions and protection mechanisms to achieve change that challenges patriarchal models through training, by creating tools and guides for classifying, reporting, and requesting budgets related to violence against women and girls, and lobbying for allocating adequate budgets to address violence-related needs.
  • Prevention and Social Norms (outcome 3): Spotlight will reclaim safe public and community spaces by strengthening and promoting leadership among women and girls. Spotlight will train journalists, media outlets, and editors to ethically handle information on femicide and violence against women and girls.
  • Services (outcome 4): Spotlight will establish budgets to monitor and assess services regularly while empowering women and girls to exercise their rights to access the services.
  • Data (outcome 5): Spotlight will strengthen institutional capacities to better collect and analyse disaggregated data that will be used to establish laws, policies and programs that address violence against women and femicide. The collected data will be disseminated through widely accessible and user-friendly platforms and reports. Spotlight will develop geographical data tools to facilitate decision making on regional and local levels.
  • Women’s Movement and Civil Society (outcome 6): Spotlight will provide training to women’s rights groups and human rights defenders based on identified needs and priority issues (such as accountability, strategic litigation and criminology) with an impact evaluation process. The programme will also create institutional space for the participation of CSOs and enhance their ability to monitor, assess, and demand accountability of governments.


  • Engaging with the private sector: Spotlight will engage with the media and private companies in the outcome areas of prevention, quality services, data registration and the strengthening of the women's movement. 
  •  Community level: Spotlight will focus its interventions on municipalities, to act from local to national levels and not the other way around. This will result in the development of an intervention model that responds to the specific local problems.
  • Operational innovation: The Resident Coordinators Office will seek to position Spotlight so the particular needs of the programme in operational matters are duly considered and incorporated into the Business Operations Strategy. The Resident Coordinators Office will seek to ensure greater effectiveness and efficiency in operations through shared personnel and avoiding duplication of expenses. In collaboration with the Interagency Operations Group, it will establish long-term agreements that address the programme’s demands.  

Spotlight Job and Consultancy Posts:

No ongoing recruitments.


Spotlight Calls for Proposals for Implementing Partners:

No ongoing calls.




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If you have questions about this programme you may wish to contact the RC office in Mexico or the lead agency for the programme. The MPTF Office Portfolio Manager (or Country Director with Delegation of Authority) for this programme:

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