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Project ID:00119462Description:Tajikistan Spotlight Programme
Spotlight Initiative Fund
Start Date *: 30 Jan 2020
End Date*: 31 Dec 2022
Country: Tajikistan Project Status: On Going
  Participating Organization:   Multiple

Programme Description


The overall vision of the Spotlight Initiative in Tajikistan is that women and girls enjoy their right to a life free of violence. The Programme will contribute to the elimination of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) by responding to the needs of women and girls and addressing the underlying causes of violence against women and girls (VAWG) using a multi-sectoral and intersectional approach across the ecological model.


The Spotlight Initiative will accelerate Tajikistan's progress toward reaching its targets under the 2030 Agenda, particularly regarding Sustainable Development Goal 5 on Gender Equality, but also Sustainable Development Goal 3 “Health and Well-Being”, Sustainable Development Goal 4 “Quality Education”, Sustainable Development Goal 10 “Reduced Inequalities”, Sustainable Development Goal 16 “Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions” and Sustainable Development Goal 17 on “Partnerships”.


The Programme will contribute to the National Development Strategy for the period from 2016 to 2030 and the Mid-term Development Programme for the period 2016-2020 and reinforce Tajikistan’s implementation of its commitments under the Beijing Platform for Action and the Concluding Observations of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) Committee, among other obligations. The Programme is grounded on the core principle of leaving no one behind and reaching the furthest behind first. The interventions have been designed to target women and girls most marginalized and at higher risk of sexual and gender-based violence (including women and girls who are rural, poor and with disabilities) and groups that face multiple or intersecting forms of discrimination.


Number of beneficiaries: 241,896 (direct) | 8,931,200 (indirect)

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

Spotlight Country Programme Focal Point at the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office: Marziya Baydulloeva; Email:; Ana Lukatela; Email:




The total investment from the EU for Phase I (2020 – 2021) is USD 4,900,000 and is distributed according to the following:


Policies and legislation (outcome 1): Under Outcome 1, the Programme will prioritize legal reform in order to achieve an enabling environment for the criminalization of domestic violence. The Programme will draft evidence-based amendments for legislations, policies and procedures related to sexual and gender-based violence with a focus on creating an enabling environment for the effective conviction of crimes; strengthen the capacity of key stakeholders in legislative and policy development on gender equality and the prevention of and response to violence; integrate concrete, measurable and costed interventions to combat sexual and gender-based violence into the National Strategies and the Local Development Programmes; and support the participatory mid-term review of the implementations of the NAP PVF (2014-2023) and development of the set of recommendations on new NAP on sexual and gender-based violence.


Institutions (outcome 2): Under Outcome 2, the Programme will support increased convictions and institutional strengthening in order to achieve the goals under Outcome 1. The Programme will undertake the capacity development of 5 key ministries through delivery of the comprehensive training package on gender mainstreaming, sexual and gender-based violence and transformative leadership; build capacity of religious leaders on prevention and response to violence against women and girls and sexual and gender-based violence and incorporating tools to end domestic violence into their religious community work; support an independent review of the Government’s international commitments on eliminating violence against women and girls; design child-friendly complaint mechanisms, with a focus on complaints from girl survivors of violence; institutionalize the Multi-sectoral Coordination Group on Prevention of Violence Against Women and Girls and create Regional Multi-sectoral Coordination Groups on Prevention of Violence Against Women and Girls.


Prevention and social norms (outcome 3): Interventions to prevent violence against women and girls under Outcome 3 will be based on an assessment of social norms to identify knowledge, attitudes, practices and stereotypes that influence the normalization of violence against women and girls at the national, community and family levels, which will inform a behaviour change communication strategy, supported by a “whole-of-society” intervention with students, teachers, parents, community and religious leaders, with focus on women and girls at risk, through a mix of grassroots interventions and social media campaigns. The Programme will align curricula for grades 7-11 in line with the UNESCO guidelines on sexuality education, and focus on eliminating violence against women and girls; implement positive parenting initiatives that will address gender-based violence; engage youth on violence against girls and sexual and gender-based violence issues through in-school and out-of-school programmes; challenge traditional social norms and promote positive masculinity through innovative social media campaigns (viral YouTube videos) and the "Men Engage" program; promote survivor-centered reporting and ethics among media workers; and conduct multi-faceted community mobilization interventions to change social norms in targeted areas.


Services (outcome 4): Under Outcome 4, the Programme will improve the quality of services (health, legal aid, access to police, crisis centers), including for women and girls with disabilities. Services will also become more accessible, notably with better equipped VSR and shelters, as well as additional VSR in remote areas; an improved hotline for complaints; free psychological counselling, legal and health advice to survivors of SGBV; a mobile application that provides links to online and offline access to information; and the promotion of service providers to women and girl survivors of sexual and gender-based violence. The Programme will support the adaptation and adoption of UN Essential Service package and Standard Operating Procedures for providing quality essential services to survivors of sexual and gender-based violence; develop the capacity of service providers (Legal Aid, Justice and Police); strengthen psychosocial support to girl survivors of sexual and gender-based violence or girls facing facing intersecting forms of discrimination; support the economic reintegration of survivors; establish Victims Support Rooms and strengthen existing shelters; improve the system of service provision to address the specific needs of women with disabilities during investigation process of violence against women and girls cases (medical forensic services); support the functioning of the hotline for response to sexual and gender-based violence cases; develop, maintain and promote a mobile application to report sexual and gender-based violence; and implement the Mobile Public Health Clinics initiative.


Data (outcome 5): Tools and instruments for data collection under Outcome 5 will be revised and harmonized across key institutions, and training and support will be provided to agencies to implement adequate collection and reporting on gender-based violence, addressing the critical data gaps that currently limit the advocacy and prevention efforts in the country. The Programme will review and map existing data, identify data gaps and procedures and assess the technical capacity of the key state agencies; standardize tools and instruments for the production, collection, monitoring and analysis of data related to gender-based violence; train data officers in agencies on applying the newly created unified indicators and procedures to implement collection and reporting on gender-based violence data to the Agency Statistics; and strengthen the capacity of women's rights advocates and civil society organizations to collect incidence data, including qualitative data, on sexual and gender-based violence.


Women’s Movements and Civil Society (outcome 6): Civil society organizations will be key as partners and advocates for change across the pillars, which requires an investment in building the activism and capacity of existing civil society organizations and the women’s movement. The Programme will create space for knowledge sharing and learning, encouraging collaboration across sectors and actively promoting the involvement of smaller and more marginalized civil society stakeholders. The Programme will organize the School of Gender Advocates with a focus on transformative leadership for accelerating progress on eliminating violence against women and girls and advocacy during Parliament hearings; strengthen the women’s movement and gender advocates in leading changes at legislative and institutional levels, as well as transforminh social norms and behaviours; support civil society actors’ initiatives as part of the implementation of the Strategy Leading Change on eliminating violence against women and girls; engage civil society organizations on CEDAW&UPR process; support the Civil Society National Reference Group for the Spotlight Initiative; strengthen civil society organizations’ strategic programme management and fundraising abilities and ability to document cases of sexual and gender-based violence; and facilitate the knowledge-exchange and capacity building of civil society organizations representing groups that face multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination of violence.




New engagement approaches


The Programme will stimulate co-creation in which beneficiaries play an active and ongoing role in the conceptualization, development and implementation of innovative programmes and activities, including through civil society.


Modern IT


The Programme will develop a mobile application (co-designed by women and girls) to report on sexual and gender-based violence cases and to access services and will maintain the phone hotline for sexual and gender-based violence survivors.


Innovative grassroots campaigns and community mobilization


The Programme will work to change beliefs, behaviors and attitudes at the level closest to people; work with concrete champions of change, e.g. religious leaders, paralegals and police officers; and go beyond information campaigns.


Specific focus on most vulnerable, especially women and girls with disabilities


The Programme will undertake specific activities aimed at improving access to services for women and girls with disabilities.


Joint operation


The RCO-based programme staff will coordinate a team of staff members from the UN Agencies, with a strong contribution to both coordination (RBM, Communication) and management as well as to integrated planning and implementation.

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