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Project ID:00116744Description:Latin America Regional Program
Spotlight Initiative Fund
Start Date *: 19 Jul 2019
Latin America
End Date*: 30 Jun 2023
Country: United Nations Project Status: On Going
  Participating Organization:   Multiple

Programme Description

Using a comprehensive and intersectional approach, the Latin American Regional Programme will work to prevent, respond to and eliminate violence against women and girls (VAWG) and femicide at regional and sub-regional levels, building on regional platforms and institutions and multilateral processes, convening a critical mass of traditional and non-traditional actors to lead positive change. The programme will combine initiatives and partnerships (e.g. RMAAM/COMMCA, ECLAC and MESECVI) at regional level with activities focused in Central America and Mexico, due to the strategic role of regional and sub-regional bodies in agenda setting and the relevance of the programme’s achievements to the whole region. The programme will focus in Central America (and Mexico) because of the high prevalence of femicide with unique aggravating factors, such as migration in unsafe conditions, organized crime, and disappearances, common between these countries and Mexico, and because of the opportunity to create synergies with the four Spotlight countries in the sub-region. The Regional Programme will focus on three out of the six Spotlight Initiative pillars, included in the Latin American Regional Investment Plan for Spotlight: Pillars 1, 3 and 5. The Regional Programme will also contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, more specifically in SDG 5 achieving gender equality, SDG 1 ending poverty, SDG 3 ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being, and SDG 16, promoting peaceful societies, justice and strong institutions.


Number of beneficiaries: 907,421 (direct) | 220,800,000 (indirect)

Recipient UN Organizations (RUNOs): UN WOMEN, UNDP, UNFPA

Spotlight Country Programme Focal Point at the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office: Carolina Ferracini, Email:  



 The total investment from the EU for Phase I is USD 3,500,000 and is distributed according to the following;


Outcome 1: The Latin America Regional Programme will work to adopt and implement normative framework and policies, guided by the Model Law on Femicide, the Latin American Model Protocol for the investigation of femicides and reforms to civil and family legislation. The Programme will focus on issues such as disappearances, femicides linked to organized crime, and migration, with an emphasis on groups facing multiple forms of discrimination. The work under this Outcome will support instruments to monitor implementation, research and implement robust finance and cost policies, and foster a regional learning community of decision makers. 

Outcome 3: The Programme will draw on work with the private sector and mass and alternative media networks, including independent and community-based journalists and women's organizations. The recovery of the historical memory of women's organizations' fight against femicide and their advocacy will also be a priority. The Programme will work with decision makers on preventing VAWG in by using comprehensive sexual education; promoting knowledge about women’s human rights and gender equality in the education sector; and building evidence for policy dialogue with governments and advocacy for CSO on “what works” for prevention initiatives.

Outcome 5: The Programme will collect, analyse, and use data on VAWG and femicide while promoting the use of a unique regional indicator on femicide and the harmonization of administrative records. This includes supporting user-producer dialogues to produce and increase accessibility and analysis of data and to increase knowledge on femicide and disappearances; working with groups living in a context of chronic violence and organized crime; working with women in situations of poverty and social exclusion; and developing a regional map of VAWG femicide with georeferenced data. In addition, the Programme will provide support to COMMCA to develop a regional strategy to collect and analyse information and statistical data on VAWG in Central America. The Programme will also strengthen capacities of statistical offices in Central America to improve the collection, processing and generation of information and statistics on violence against women.



The Spotlight Latin America Regional Programme proposes a series of strategies and activities that support innovation in response to the problem of VAWG and femicide in Latin America. Among the innovative strategies to be highlighted is the programme’s approach to issues that have been under-represented and under-reported and that signify large gaps in the regional response. To this end, the Programme intends to undertake research to deepen knowledge of the problem of femicide in its connection with strategic and emerging issues such as organized crime, the disappearances of people, and gender-based violence in adolescents and young people, as well as sexual violence and violence in public and community spaces, focusing on reaching women who are exposed to greater vulnerability. This work will seek to provide elements for the design of new strategies to solve the complex and changing contexts in which VAWG and femicide are present in the region.

Similarly, the Programme has as a strategic focus: the generation of evidence and assessments on the effectiveness and impact of existing initiatives and practices in the countries of the region to prevent, address, sanction and eliminate VAWG, with emphasis on its most extreme manifestation, femicide. This focus is set in order to identify innovative, replicable and scalable strategies that can guide action in the region towards achieving better results for the elimination of violence.

In particular, the systematization and evaluation of specific aspects of prevention, care and response will be carried out in areas that have been little explored or are innovative, in order to sustain the generation of solid methodological tools aimed at obtaining significant results with emphasis on the groups facing multiple forms of discrimination and exclusion, in order to promote the rooting of the movement.

Furthermore, the generation of quality, comparable and disaggregated data will be promoted, which will provide a basis for a better understanding of the problem and its link with another series of problems and factors. This increased understanding will provide opportunities for innovation in attention and response.

Another innovative aspect of the Programme is the mapping and georeferencing of areas where there are gaps in the prosecution of femicide, to identify geographic disparities and cross-reference with other information to identify why these disparities exist. 

Additionally, the Programme has employed a comprehensive approach to prevention of violence, which includes actions taken at all levels of the “ecological model”. This model presents an analysis of “entry points” for social norms change at different levels (societal level, community level, relationship level and individual levels). Thus, the Programme is promoting the design of a complex prevention strategy that includes campaigns at societal level, community mobilisation interventions, activities that target couples and other methodologies targeting individuals.

Finally, the Programme is implementing innovative improvements in the coordination between the different sectors to improve secondary prevention. In this way, the Programme is contributing to the protection of women in situations of violence and whose lives are in danger.

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