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Project ID:00119133Description:Haiti Spotlight Programme
Spotlight Initiative Fund
Start Date *: 21 Jan 2020
End Date*: 31 Dec 2022
Country: Haiti Project Status: On Going
  Participating Organization:   Multiple

Programme Description

Le programme pays Spotlight Haïti 2020-2023 est partenariat entre le Gouvernement d’Haïti, les Nations Unies et l’Union Européenne. C’est un programme triennal, qui vise à protéger les femmes et les filles contre les violences familiales basées sur le genre. Il a également pour ambition d’assurer une prise en charge holistique des femmes et filles survivantes de violences. Il met un accent particulier sur les besoins spécifiques des groupes exposés à de multiples formes de discriminations.


Afin de parvenir à opérer un changement significatif, le programme pays Spotlight s’articulera autour de six piliers qui sont sous-tendus par des théories du changement dont la consistance et l’efficacité ont été vérifiées : (1) l’amélioration de l’environnement législatif et politique; (2) le renforcement des capacités des institutions nationales et locales en matière d’application des lois et de planification stratégique; (3) la promotion des normes et valeurs sociales protectrices des femmes et des filles contre les violences; (4) la disponibilité et l’accès aux services de qualité pour une prise en charge holistique et équitable à l’endroit des survivantes ; (5) la disponibilité de données statistiques quantitatives et qualitatives actualisées ; et (6) la structuration du mouvement féminin en vue d’accroître sa capacité à influencer les politiques et le changement social.


Number of beneficiaries: 1.227.138 (direct) | 3.772.050 (indirect)

Recipient UN Organizations (RUNOs): UNWOMEN / UNDP / UNICEF / UNFPA


Spotlight Country Programme Focal Point at the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office: Komi Abalo; Email:; Astrid Marschatz; Email:


The total investment from the EU for Phase I (2020 – 2021) is USD 9,900,000 and is distributed according to the following;


Policies and legislation (outcome 1): Spotlight will improve national key stakeholder understanding of political and legislative reforms and build community knowledge of and support for national and international laws and policies against violence against women and girls (VAWG). Spotlight will also conduct an analysis of the legal environment to identify and address direct and indirect legal discrimination (including application of the existing legal framework) and provide technical assistance to reinforce current public policies and legislation while also supporting the formulation of new legislative and policy frameworks taking into account standards, guidelines and recommendations for the protection of groups exposed to intersectional discrimination and the accelerated elimination of family VAWG. In addition, Spotlight will strengthen local authorities’ capacities (municipalities/CASEC/ASEC) capacity in the areas of prevention of family violence against women and girl, protection of social rights, as well as their roles and responsibilities in implementing gender equality related international conventions ratified by Haiti.

Institutions (outcome 2): Spotlight will provide technical assistance to national actors, such as parliament, key ministries in the national concertation against VAWG for enhanced coordination of family VAWG efforts at the national and local level, including support for participatory and gender budgeting in key ministries to help accelerate the elimination of VAWG. Spotlight will also strengthen the capacity of the National Risk and Disaster Management System to integrate family VAWG prevention and response into local risk reduction contingency and evacuation plans, with a strong focus on women's groups facing intersectional discriminations. In addition, Spotlight will strengthen the capacity of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Human Rights to monitor Haiti's progress in implementing its international commitments on sexual equality specifically in the area of VAWG, using the database already developed by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

 Prevention and social norms (outcome 3): Spotlight will adapt SASA for the prevention of family VAWG and adapt the "positive masculinity" approach to prevent family VAWG. Spotlight will also support for the systematization of sex education in basic schools and support for the Ministry of Education in the review and revision of civic education programs to integrate new content on prevention of VAWG and respect of sex equality.

 Services (outcome 4): Spotlight will scale up legal assistance programs and outreach activities to strengthen the demand for legal assistance in support of victims of family VAWG.

Spotlight will also strengthen the VAWG referral system to enhance access to comprehensive services through institutions involved in the fight against VAWG. In addition, Spotlight will support the National Police Brigade for the Protection of Minors with the operation of the free hotline, the collection and analysis of calls received, and referrals made and improve the welfare of children.

 Data (outcome 5): Spotlight will support the completion, of the VAWG administrative databases within the Ministry of Women's Affairs (MCFDF), including at the departmental level and the strengthening of synergies among the National Office of Statistics, the MCFDF and SDG monitoring processes while ensuring conformity with national and international standards.

Spotlight will also strengthen the capacity of producers and users of VAWG statistics at the sector level and in the pro- duction, dissemination and ethical use of VAWG data to better inform VAWG programs and policies. In addition, Spotlight will support secondary analysis based on the existing database of the Study "Morbidity, Mortality and Use of Services" (EMMUS) and facilitate the integration of additional variables into the next generation of EMMUS to better guide VAWG programs and policies.

 Women’s Movements and Civil Society (outcome 6): Spotlight will strengthen women’s organization’s capacity in organizational development, leadership and management of associations to position them as an effective catalyst for progress against VAWG and to help them build a strong movement for gender equality. Spotlight will also promote the development of purposeful strategic alliances and consultations with other civil society organizations, state institutions and the private sector to substantially expand outreach, effectiveness and influence of the women’s movement and other actors including new and emerging actors (men, marginalized groups, religious groups, workers, artists, media etc.) on the elimination of VAWG and promotion of gender equality. In addition, Spotlight will build and strengthen intergenerational dialogue frameworks to boost the participation of children, adolescents and young women and young men in the fight against family VAWG and to strengthen partnership across generations for the accelerated elimination of VAWG.


 Equality Before the Law: ending discriminatory laws.

 Support the set up and the functioning of the parliamentarian working group on state accountability for the fight against violence done to women and girls (VAWG).

 SASA (Start, Awareness, Support, Action) for young girls and young women.

 Building Social Assets (power to girls and young women) / U Report (a messaging tool, to empower and mobilize adolescents and youth to speak out on issues which concern them including violence against women and girls.

 Improve the coverage of GBV in national statistical survey to produce better disaggregated data for better response to family VAWG.

 Building intergenerational and intersectoral alliances and dialogues for enhanced partnership between women’s movement, youth and new actors in fighting family VAWG.


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