The Spotlight Initiative is working with governments, civil society organizations, the media and other partners to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls by 2030.
The Spotlight Initiative, launched in 2017, is a global partnership between the European Union and the United Nations to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls. In Africa, the Spotlight Initiative is deploying large-scale investments to eliminate gender-based violence against women and girls through the Spotlight Initiative Africa Regional Programme (SIARP). SIARP provides a regional response to addressing sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), harmful practices (HP) and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), putting a special focus on empowering women's movements in Africa. The programme in Africa prioritizes strengthening existing strategies and initiatives, such as the AU Gender Strategy 2017 -2027, Agenda 2063, the Maputo Plan of Action and harnesses the respective strengths of multi-sectoral, multi-level partnerships which will support the acceleration of transformative change.
UN Women, together with its partners UNFPA, UNDP and UNICEF, are responsible for the implementation of the SIARP in Africa. UN Women leads the overall coordination of Stream I of SIARP focusing on three pillars: (1) Legislations and policies, (5) quality and reliable data and (6) Strengthening the women’s movement in its relations with the African Union and other regional players. UN Women also leads the implementation of activities under Pillar 6 of Stream I in close collaboration with UNDP and UNFPA. Due to its liaison capacity and close collaboration with the African Union (AU) on matters related to gender equality and the empowerment of women, the Liaison Office, leads and coordinate the efforts of the Stream 1 in close collaboration with its partners UNFPA, UNDP and UNICEF. The Office works in aligning and strengthening engagement with the African Union (AU) on key continental priorities and in advancing results for women and girls.