Project Factsheet
Project ID:00117246Description:SPOTLIGHT GRANTS UNTFEVAW - LA
Spotlight Initiative Fund
Start Date *: 28 Aug 2019
Latin America
End Date*: 31 Dec 2022
Country: United Nations Project Status: On Going
  Participating Organization:   UNWOMEN - UNWOMEN

Programme Description


The UN Trust Fund (UNTF) is the only global grant-making mechanism specializing in ending violence against women, with over 20 years of expertise and experience in grant-giving to civil society organizations (CSOs), governments and UN Country Teams. Since 1996, the UN Trust Fund has supported almost 500 initiatives in 139 countries and territories, with grants totaling over US$139 million.


The UN Trust Fund focuses its funding outreach on organizations working for and with women and girls from marginalized and underserved communities and groups who face particular challenges due to discrimination, poverty or isolation in rural or remote settings. Among those directly served by current UN Trust Fund grantees, for example, are women and girls with disabilities; lesbian, bisexual and transgender women and girls; indigenous women; rural women and girls; migrant women and girls; refugee and internally displaced women and girls. The UN Trust Fund reaches those groups through its special funding windows, as well as through its close connections with civil society, women’s networks, and women’s funds, which allow the UN Trust Fund to distribute its Call for Proposals widely and, in that way, reach those that are often excluded from funding opportunities.


The Spotlight Initiative focuses on specific forms of violence against women and girls in particular regions as entry points to addressing all forms of violence and their structural roots. In Latin America, this entry point is through the issue of femicide. Femicide occurs at the extreme end of a continuum of violence that reflects complex and interlinked experiences of harassment, violation, abuse, and assault in the lives of individual women and children. Femicide is gender-related killing and an extreme fatal outcome of unsanctioned violence against women.[1] Thus, the contextual, constructed, distinctive aspects of the experience of violence in real lives must constitute the basis of any intervention. The response to femicide, therefore, must also consider a diverse and interconnected set of interventions.

The Spotlight Initiative partnered with the UN Trust Fund to provide support to women’s rights groups and CSOs working in the field of preventing and ending VAWG to be able to more effectively influence and advance progress on gender equality and women’s empowerment. The Call for Proposals in Latin America responds to the Spotlight Initiative’s specific Theory of Change and with a sole focus on its Outcome 6 (strengthening autonomous civil society organizations and women’s movements) and specific goal of preventing femicide. The window of grant-making covers the five target countries of Latin America (Argentina, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico).

Number of beneficiaries: 214,837 (direct) | 285,833 (indirect)[2]

Recipient UN Organizations (RUNOs): UN Women/UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UNTF)


UNTF Focal Point: Aldijana Sisic; Email: Vesna Jaric; Email:




The total investment from the UN Trust Fund in Latin America under Spotlight Initiative is USD 5,660,378 and is distributed according to the following;


Outcome 6: Through its Call for Proposal mechanisms, the UN Trust Fund can reach the priority focus groups of Outcome 6 – Women-led and Women’s Rights Groups – including those representing groups of women and girls facing intersecting forms of discrimination. The UNTF’s current portfolio includes refugees, forcibly displaced women, migrant women, indigenous groups, LGTBI persons, and women and girls with disabilities, among others, and the UNTF has extensive experience in running specific calls for specific priority groups.




The UN Trust Fund’s mission is to advocate for and finance innovative approaches for preventing and ending violence against women and girls (EVAWG), to catalyse learning from global evidence collected from the programmes funded by the UN Trust Fund and to leverage its unique mandate and convening power to foster global giving to end violence against women and girls.


As a demand-driven pooled funding mechanism, unique in its specialization in EVAWG, the UN Trust Fund is well-positioned to identify promising innovative approaches and to scale them up by providing support to the grantees in piloting and measuring innovation and documenting innovative practices for disseminating widely the results. An illustrative example is the grantee Raising Voices, which was supported by the UN Trust Fund for two generations of funding the innovative SASA! Methodology that, with the UN Trust Fund’s support, has generated extensive evidence of what has worked and why.



[1] General Assembly Resolution 70/176: Taking action against gender-related killing of women and girls, 17 December 2015.

[2] These estimated figures cover beneficiaries of the UN Trust Fund in both Africa and Latin America. Actual figures will be available in the 2020 Annual Report.

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