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Project ID:00125139Description:Ecuador Spotlight Programme
Spotlight Initiative Fund
Start Date *: 14 Dec 2020
Latin America
End Date*: 31 Dec 2022
Country: Ecuador Project Status: On Going
  Participating Organization:   Multiple

Programme Description

The Spotlight Initiative will contribute to reducing femicide in Ecuador by developing and strengthening strategic interventions that prevent and respond to violence against women and girls (VAWG) in the country. The programme will work in five provinces: Azuay (Cuenca canton), Cañar (Azogues canton), Manabí (Chone and Portoviejo cantons), Morona Santiago (Morona canton) and Pastaza (Pastaza canton). Special emphasis will be placed on groups facing multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination.

 Number of beneficiaries: 12,443,937 (direct) | 16,580,744 (indirect)

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


 Spotlight Initiative Country Programme Focal Point at the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office: Cecilia Valdivieso; Email: Esther Almeida; Email:


The total investment from the EU for Phase I is USD 2,900,000 and is distributed according to the following:


Policies and legislation (outcome 1): The Spotlight Initiative will support in the development of public policy for implementing the National System for prevention and eradication of violence against women (VAW). It will also strengthen the monitoring and evaluation framework of the National Plan to Prevent and Eradicate Violence Against Women and Girls. In addition, it will help in the development of the public policy on National Reparation for VAWG and provide support in adapting the regional Protocol for Criminal Investigation of Femicide to the national context. It will also work on strengthening the national capacities to develop and reform legislation related to VAW and femicide and the civil society organization (CSO)’s capacities to advocate and promote laws and policies for preventing and eradicating VAWG.

Institutions (outcome 2): The Spotlight Initiative will support in the establishment of institutional arrangements and management models of the System to Prevent and Eradicate VAW developed at the national level and implemented at the local level. It will also oversee the application of the budgeting mechanism for service provision to prevent and eradicate VAW. In addition, the programme will provide support with the budget tracking system on the allocation of funds towards ending VAWG at the national and local levels as well as CSO monitoring. The Spotlight Initiative will also work on strengthening national and local institutional capacities for transforming cultural patterns and promoting access of women to leadership positions.

Prevention and social norms (outcome 3): The Spotlight Initiative will develop a comprehensive, innovative strategy to prevent VAWG and femicide, including male engagement in activities. It will also strengthen the mechanisms to prevent and eradicate harassment and VAWG in the higher education system. The programme will engage CSO’s media observatory and local platforms for citizen mobilization on nonsexist communication. In addition, it will engage the National Citizen Tribunal to prevent femicide and VAWG as a tool for citizen mobilization.

Services (outcome 4): The Spotlight Initiative will work on the implementation of the Early Warning System on femicide. In addition, it will provide an evaluation system to judicial operators on enforcing national and international human rights standards on VAW and femicide. It will also help strengthen the capacities of the health, security, and justice sectors to provide quality essential services for women and girls who are victims of violence and femicide. The programme will also develop a mechanism for the economic empowerment of women victims of violence and dependents of victims of femicide. Further, it will institute a shelter management model, which includes capacities to address VAWG in crises/emergencies and is to be implemented in selected cantons.

Data (outcome 5): The Spotlight Initiative will oversee the implementation of a single ‘national registry of victims’ system and the development of a femicide indicator. In addition, it will conduct specialized research on femicide victim and perpetrator profiles. It will also provide technical assistance to strengthen the National Observatory for violence against women.

Women’s Movements and Civil Society (outcome 6): The Spotlight Initiative will provide committee oversight and monitor the implementation of the laws and public policies set to Prevent and Eradicate Violence against Women. In addition, it will develop leadership schools for indigenous and afro-descendant women, which will incorporate contents on VAWG and femicide. The programme will also strengthen CSO capacity for strategic litigation on VAW and femicide and engage in capacity-building of women’s organizations on self-care and crisis response (involving COVID-19 or others). It will also strengthen the alliances and articulation with CSOs working to prevent and eradicate VAWG and femicide.


The Ecuador Programme will foster innovation through male engagement in prevention activities on VAW and femicide as well as the economic empowerment of women victims of violence and dependents of victims of femicide as part of reparation measures. Moreover, the programme will pursue an alliance with the private sector, as part of their commitment to achieving the SDGs, in preventing VAWG and femicide in business settings.

Moreover, Pillar 6 will stress training for female attorneys in strategic litigation in line with queries to the Human Rights Secretariat. Capacity building for women and their organizations on media training, plus self-care, will be an innovation, including more personal aspects of one’s well-being, to heighten women’s performance in advocacy.

Complementarily, innovations will:

Be incorporated into policymaking to improve enforcement of laws and compliance with the mechanisms they establish. This must be consensus-based with State agencies that have their own mandate and involve a diverse group of stakeholders, mainly women, to contribute from their own different, heterogenous contexts.

  • Diverse societal stakeholders will be involved in participatory settings representing the intersecting nature of factors influencing VAWG and femicide, which are not highly visible for society or even by decision-makers in this area.
  • One fundamental challenge is to ensure that the planned actions are institutionalized, to make them nationally and locally sustainable.
  • Upscaling experiences and spreading them effectively throughout territories must respond to local realities of the most vulnerable, diverse women's groups.
  • Consensus-based actions can have resonance with local realities in both contents and format, contributing to preventing VAWG and femicide with different audiences and beneficiaries.
  • Political actions work together with access to quality services and women’s societal participation with other civil society groups working on these issues, which opens up different fronts of action, and provides feedback to reinforce, improve and take advantage of progress made with this programme.

Operational Innovation

The Spotlight Initiative is a new occasion to demonstrate that inter-agency work, combining different UN Agencies’ technical and operational capacities, is effective and can provide concrete value added. This will be an opportunity for the UN Agencies co-implementing the Initiative to make progress and innovate in inter-agency coordination mechanisms operationally as well.

The UN Country Team in Ecuador is working on its Joint Operating Strategy (BOS), based on a series of agreements and common services shared by agencies to make their operations more efficient.

Finally, the Coordination Unit team will be working together (sharing the same physical space in the same building as the Technical Committee), which will save costs and enhance coordination.


Spotlight Job Postings and Consultancies:

No ongoing postings.  


Spotlight Calls for Proposals for Implementing Partners:

No ongoing calls.





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