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Project ID:00112283Description:El Salvador Spotlight Programm
Spotlight Initiative Fund
Start Date *: 19 Sep 2018
Latin America
End Date*: 31 Dec 2022
Country: El Salvador Project Status: On Going
  Participating Organization:   Multiple

Programme Description

The rate of violent deaths among women in El Salvador is one of the highest in the world: 13.3 out of 100,000 women were victims of femicide between 2010–2017. In the first quarter of 2018, femicides increased by 20.7 percent compared to the same period in 2017. According to official data, between 2015 and 2017, 41.8 percent of the victims of femicide were between the ages of 15 and 29.

The Spotlight Initiative in El Salvador focuses on decreasing femicide and lethal violence against women and girls. The programme will address the most critical barriers that prevent victims of violence and their families from exercising their rights. It will combine immediate response actions and protection for potential victims, with long-term solutions that will strengthen the skills necessary to save lives.

Number of beneficiaries: 642,838 (direct) | 6,581,860 (indirect)

Recipient UN Organizations: UN WOMEN, UNFPA, UNICEF and UNDP


Spotlight Country Programme Focal Point at the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office: Yolanda Villar; Email: Camilo Duplat; Email:


The total investment from the EU for Phase I (2019 – 2020) and Phase II (2021-2022) amounts to USD 10,285,714 and is distributed according to the following;


  • Policy and legislation (outcome 1): Spotlight will review, adapt and strengthen existing legislation, and where necessary draft new legislation on violence against women and girls. Key laws include the Special Act for Comprehensive Protection of Children and Adolescents, the Family Code and the Penal Code.
  • Institutions (outcome 2): Spotlight will invest in key institutions to ensure they have the skills to prevent, detect, respond to, and protect women and girls who are victims of violence, e.g. by funding and delivering evidence-based programmes that prevent and respond to violence, harmful practices and femicide at national and local levels. Spotlight will also collaborate with the Municipal Committees and Governments to implement joint local strategies that address violence against women and girls.
  • Prevention and Social Norms (outcome 3): Spotlight will raise awareness and promote changes in standards, attitudes and behaviours related to gender, sexuality, reproduction, and harmful masculinities. Spotlight will strengthen community platforms and public information programmes through campaigns that challenge harmful social standards and gender stereotypes. Spotlight will also create changes in norms through institutional mechanisms, for example, by mainstreaming prevention of gender violence in the curricula of higher education Institutions.
  • Services (outcome 4): Spotlight will provide survivors of violence with essential and quality services. Spotlight will develop the competencies of prosecutors and other judiciary personnel who process cases of lethal violence and violence against women and girls.  Spotlight will support a centralized risk assessment system/early warning system that gathers information from the police, health and justice sectors about violence against women and girls.
  • Data (outcome 5): Spotlight will provide technical support to relevant national institutions and civil society organizations to collect, produce, analyse, and disseminate evidence about femicide, which will enable monitoring and evaluation of related public policies. Spotlight will disseminate information to monitor laws, policies, and programmes, and to change cultural patterns.
  • Women’s Movement and Civil Society (outcome 6): Spotlight will support civil society to implement comprehensive care programs (legal support, psychological care etc.) to women victims of violence and train leaders of Faith Based Organisations on sexual and reproductive rights for the prevention of lethal violence.



  • Technology to access services: Digital applications will be used to provide information on the location of essential services, to disseminate information on access to quality services for women of all ages and to promote training modules.
  •  “Si Protejo” system (Yes, I will Protect): The “Si Protejo” system is an identification alert and reference system for girls and adolescents at risk of violence. The system also provides an early warning mechanism for school dropouts and includes the “Hablá conmigo 123” helpline.

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 El Salvador 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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