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Project ID:00119134Description:Jamaica Spotlight Programme
Spotlight Initiative Fund
Start Date *: 21 Jan 2020
End Date*: 31 Dec 2022
Country: Jamaica Project Status: On Going
  Participating Organization:   Multiple

Programme Description

The Spotlight Initiative in Jamaica will contribute to transforming the society where women and girls can live free from family violence. It aims at addressing the issue of normalization of violence in Jamaica, and having society see family violence as public issue.

The initiative will focus its intervention at four parishes exposed to high level of violence, whilelegislation and policy work will reach nationwide population.

While the Initiative takes women and girls-centred approach, in particular the groups exposed to vulnerability, important efforts will be made to engage men and boys to address the toxic masculinity that is deeply imbedded in the society.

Number of beneficiaries: 640,965 (direct) | 2,723,667 (indirect)

Recipient UN Organizations (RUNOs): UN Women, UNFPA, UNDP, UNICEF


Spotlight Country Programme Focal Point at the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office: Alicia Bowen McCulskie; Email: Morgan Murray; Email:



The total investment from the EU for Phase I (2020 – 2021) is USD 6,600,000 and is distributed according to the following;

Policies and legislation (outcome 1): Spotlight will support the Government of Jamaica (GOJ) in advancing legal reform to enhance the policy and legislative environment conducive to the elimination of family violence.

Institutions (outcome 2): Spotlight will respond to the capacity challenges faced by state agencies in effectively carrying out their role as duty bearers. It will also address capacity challenges faced by CSOs in undertaking work aimed at reducing IPV, girl-child sexual abuse, and discrimination against vulnerable groups.

Prevention and social norms (outcome 3): Spotlight will contribute to the reduction of gender inequities, harmful social norms, attitudes, and behaviours at community and individual levels as it relates to IPV, girl-child sexual abuse, and discrimination against vulnerable groups.

 Services (outcome 4): Spotlight aims to facilitate the use of available, accessible, acceptable, and quality essential services, including for long-term recovery from family violence, by women and girls who experience family violence.

 Data (outcome 5): Spotlight aims to strengthen the capacity of the national statistical system and women’s and children’s and youth rights advocates to regularly collect, disseminate and utilize quality, disaggregated data on specific forms of family violence. Their increased capacity will support evidence-based decision-making for policies and programmes designed to eliminate family violence.

 Women’s Movements and Civil Society (outcome 6): Spotlight aims to support women’s rights groups, autonomous social movements and CSOs, including those representing youth and groups facing multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination/marginalization, in more effectively influencing and advancing progress on GEWE and ending VAWG.



Survivor Driven Actions

Community mobilization by survivors of VAWG and family violence will be utilized to underscore the lifetime impact of abuse and violence against women and girls, and the critical importance of changing harmful gender norms and ensuring the safety of women and girls in families.

Use of Technology

Spaces and platforms will be created to promote deliberate sharing and learning through inclusive strategic coordination mechanisms as well as peer learning to promote innovators. This includes the engagement of adolescents and young people, using social media and U-Report (which is a social messaging platform), to enable them to participate in the SI programme by expressing their opinions, and sharing experiences and concerns on Family Violence.

Use of Visual Arts, Music, Stories, Theatre and Photography

Visual arts, Jamaican popular music, storytelling, theatre and photography will be used to convey messages to promote positive parenting, gender equality and respect among girls, boys, men and women. The content of this messaging will be geared primarily towards addressing the root causes of family violence and promotion of positive gender norms and gender equality.

Improving Access to Services

This includes 1) strengthening existing reporting, referral and case management mechanisms and tools that link survivors to service providers along the continuum of care, ensuring that rural communities and non-traditional groups are not excluded; 2) the creation of model(s) of integration, coordination and communication among national and subnational institutions for enhanced capacity, prevention and delivery of services; and 3) assessing and using alternative forms of justice other than the criminal justice system to enhance easier access to justice, especially in cases of family violence.

Shared Operations

Maximization of cost (Cost savings) will be achieved as a result of the efficiencies gained through collaboration with all duty bearers and piggybacking on existing programmes that are focusing on similar objectives.

The SI will also benefit from a centralized Knowledge Management System that operates like a Project Management Office (PMO), which will support and coordinate common operations, and ensure that synergies are made with other ongoing initiatives such as the NSAP-GBV and the National Plan of Action for integrated response to Children and Violence.

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If you have questions about this programme you may wish to contact the RC office in Jamaica 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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