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Project ID:00119464Description:Caribbean Spotlight Regional P
Spotlight Initiative Fund
Start Date *: 14 Dec 2020
End Date*: 31 Dec 2022
Country: United Nations Project Status: On Going
  Participating Organization:   Multiple

Programme Description


Complementing the Spotlight country programmes in six Caribbean countries, and taking into account the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts, the Caribbean Regional Programme will increase policy coordination and functional cooperation across the region to address family violence (FV). It will set regional standards for essential services delivery and for monitoring the implementation of regional and national family violence laws and policies; advance best practice models for prevention; and ensure the engagement of women’s organisations in regional accountability frameworks.


The Spotlight Initiative advocates and supports a theory of change that identifies a diverse and interconnected set of interventions required to address the continuum of violence faced by women and girls with the goal of ensuring that all women and girls, especially the most vulnerable, live a life free of violence.


Under pillar 2, regional intergovernmental institutions will have the capacities to drive improvements in national-level delivery of essential services to respond to family violence. Under pillar 3, an evidence-based Caribbean model of cultural and behaviour change across the life course will inform primary family violence prevention and sexual and reproductive rights programming across the region. Under pillar 5, regional protocols and standards for family violence data management systems will be developed or strengthened to improve timely and cross-sectoral analyses and programmatic responses at national level; and under Pillar 6, civil society and women’s organisations will be more enabled and empowered to monitor and support family violence responses and prevention programming and have the capacity and connectedness to advocate for state and intergovernmental accountability to end family violence.


Given the immediacy and urgency of the COVID-19 impacts, the regional Spotlight will build on the ongoing work of UN agencies and prioritize support to CARICOM (Caribbean Community) and OECS (Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States) institutions to integrate the prevention, protection and essential services responses to family violence within regional response plans. The programme will also include resourcing non-governmental women’s organisations, particularly those at national level leading advocacy and services related to family violence during this public crisis.


Number of beneficiaries: 181,045 (direct) | 7,243,556 (indirect)

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

Spotlight Country Programme Focal Point at the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office: Kenroy Roach, Email: Loveness Nyakujarah; Email:




The total investment from the EU for Phase I inclusive of Pillar 6 is USD 9,552,830 and is distributed according to the following:


Outcome 2: Regional and sub-regional systems and institutions plan, fund and deliver evidence-based programmes that prevent and respond to violence against women and girls (VAWG), including family violence, including in other sectors.


Outcome 3: Gender equitable social norms, attitudes and behaviours change at community and individual levels to prevent violence against women and girls, including family violence.


Outcome 5: Quality, disaggregated and globally comparable data on different forms of VAWG, including family violence, is collected, analysed and used in line with international standards to inform laws, policies and programmes.


Outcome 6: Women’s rights groups, autonomous social movements and relevant CSOs, including those representing youth and groups facing multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination/marginalisation, more effectively influence and advance progress on GEWE (Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment) and ending VAWG.




The very focus on family violence as the context within which VAWG is confronted in the region is an innovation in itself, as interventions traditionally lack a complete integration with the broader issue of violence experienced by women and children, particularly girls, in the context of the family. Addressing FV prevention from a gender perspective will determine how root causes are understood and responses designed and implemented. Having this approach to ending family violence will deepen thinking and action on the relationship between family violence and gender inequality. Beyond the innovation in the thematic focus, the implementing partners of SI, through this strategy, are seeking to build regional level partnerships with diverse public institutions and non-state actors to strengthen the mechanisms to respond to VAWG/FV. This allows for both an intersectional and an intersectoral approach to FV/VAWG.


Strategies and activities will be implemented through high level regional organisations comprised of employers (CEF), labour unions (CCL), governments (CARICOM, OECS), multilateral banks (CDB), judiciary (CAJO), security forces (CAPC), faith-based organizations and churches (CCC), and NGO partners. By building this broad consensus and coalition around approaches to FV, the Caribbean SI programming will lay the foundation for nurturing a multi-dimensional intersectoral regional alliance working on issues of VAWG, including FV. Bringing these groups together to coalesce around one agreed set of strategies in a medium term programme heralds a new approach to VAWG in the region, allowing each organisation to strengthen its capacity in a critical area of regional development, share knowledge, and achieve together better outcomes than could be achieved alone. This innovation provides the space for regional institutions to leverage their existing work, lean on their strengths and build capacity in new areas to eliminate FV.

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