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Project ID:00119461Description:Kyrgyzstan Spotlight Programme
Spotlight Initiative Fund
Start Date *: 27 Jan 2020
End Date*: 31 Dec 2022
Country: Kyrgyzstan Project Status: On Going
  Participating Organization:   Multiple

Programme Description

The Spotlight Initiative in Kyrgyzstan will apply a comprehensive set of approaches based on a social innovation, human rights, multi-sectoral and inclusive response and survivor-centred principles to the planning, coordination, implementation and monitoring of interventions across the Initiative’s six Outcome Areas. Particular emphasis will be placed on integrating the voices, experiences and solutions of women and girls who face multiple forms of discrimination, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) principle of Leave No One Behind (LNOB). The Spotlight Initiative in Kyrgyzstan has sought to reflect on current or commonplace models of ‘conducting business’ in order to propose innovative alternatives aligned with commitments to gender transformative and community-led approaches guided by adaptive leadership.


Number of beneficiaries: 30,628 (direct) | 6,524,191 (indirect)

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

Spotlight Country Programme Focal Point at the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office: Samara Papieva; Email: Munawwar Alam; Email: 




The total investment from the EU for Phase I (2020 – 2021) is USD 4,700,000 and is distributed according to the following:


Policies and legislation (outcome 1): The Programme will undertake advocacy for amendments to the Criminal Code, the Code on Misdemeanours and the Law of the Kyrgyz Republic On Prevention and Protection Against Domestic Violence of 2017 to ensure consistency and alignment with international standards; establish a Parliamentary Committee mandated to promote the women rights’ agenda and strengthen oversight of violence against women and girls (VAWG) legislation and policies; promote institutionalization and application of a civil society platform to improve public oversight on the implementation of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) legislation and policies; and strengthen existing institutional oversight functions and capacities of the Office of the Ombudsperson to monitor, report and inform violence against women and girls policy and implementation.


Institutions (outcome 2): The Programme will strengthen the GBV Coordination Body in partnership with the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection, to promote effective multi-sectoral response including the adaptation and/or finalization of respective Standard Operating Procedures for core actors; develop and operationalize a gender equality curriculum for public employee professional development programmes; and strengthen support for and capacity of parliamentarians and relevant ministries on budget allocation related to violence against women and girls.


Prevention and social norms (outcome 3): The Programme will facilitate the spread of positive social norms related to violence against women and girls and harmful practices and the networking of positive deviants through the facilitation of the community mobilization approach Gender Action Learning System (GALS); promote norms of positive masculinity by scaling-up the national MenEngage Alliance in the Kyrgyz Republic and working through vocational and religious schools to implement positive masculinities curricula challenging harmful norms of manhood that maintain acceptance and perpetration of violence; review primary and secondary textbooks for the depiction of harmful gender norms and stereotypes and update and include new gender-transformative content.


Services (outcome 4): The Programme will strengthen access to justice and primary and qualified legal aid for survivors, including free legal assistance, information, counseling and representation in courts for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence; strengthen coordination of service delivery across sectors, through ensuring effective referral mechanisms are in place and Standard Operating Procedures are adapted and functioning; strengthen the ability of women and girl survivors of violence to access quality essential services through broad community awareness campaigns and media campaigns at the national and grass-root level; and strengthen the quality of services for women and girls with disabilities through the adaptation of Women and Young Persons with Disabilities: Guidelines for Providing Rights-Based and Gender-Responsive Services to Address Gender-Based Violence and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights.


Data (outcome 5): The Programme will introduce a systematic analysis of gender crimes in prosecution bodies and courts with publication on official websites (including analysis of suspended cases and reactions of prosecution authorities to violations of the procedural rights of victims); support the upgrading of Unified Registry of Crimes and Misdemeanours (ERPP), established under the General Prosecutor’s Office (GPO) and used by all law enforcement agencies throughout the country to elaborate disaggregated data on sexual and gender-based violence; revise and update (where relevant) the existing ethical guidelines and protocols for data collection, sharing and reporting on sexual and gender-based violence and violence against women and girls and integrate confidentiality and safety provisions.


Women’s Movements and Civil Society (outcome 6): The Programme will enhance civil society organizations’ capacity to design eliminating violence against women and girls programmes and to access diversified funding opportunities; facilitate civil society-led social innovations and pilots for the elimination of violence against women and girls based on criteria of inclusivity and gender-transformational outcomes; support opportunities for networking platforms for inter-regional, regional and global networking, exchange and knowledge-sharing; create synergies for partnership; and develop certificate programmes for gender experts seeking to deepen technical knowledge on gender-based violence.




The Spotlight Initiative in Kyrgyzstan will evaluate old models of ‘conducting business’ to reaffirm commitments to gender transformative, innovative and community-led approaches, guided by adaptive leadership. This includes:


  • A One-UN, integrated approach to eliminating violence against women and girls that rethinks previous models of UN agency work and prioritizes strong coordination and collaboration to leverage each agency’s technical comparative advantage and experience and to streamline implementation;
  • Targeted approaches that create platforms that foster self-reflection, organizational change and understanding of power imbalances in individual lives, institutions and communities;
  • Community mobilization that prioritizes the voices of survivors and other women and girls in providing solutions to ending violence before it begins through a core group of ‘positive deviant’ gender equality champions; and

Capacity building initiatives that go beyond the one-off workshop to include approaches that align with adult learning principles, such as experiential learning, on-job training, professional development networking and exchange and ICT learning tools that promote survivor-centred perspectives.

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