Spotlight Initiative
United Nations

Spotlight Initiative
eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls

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EU/UN Spotlight Initiative initial investment of EUR 500 million

8 March 2018 – The European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN) are embarking on a new, global, multi-year initiative focused on eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls (VAWG) – the Spotlight Initiative.

The Initiative is so named as it brings focused attention to this issue, moving it into the spotlight and placing it at the centre of efforts to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

An initial investment in the order of EUR 500 million will be made, with the EU as the main contributor. Other donors and partners will be invited to join the Initiative to broaden its reach and scope. The modality for the delivery will be a UN multi- stakeholder trust fund, administered by the Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office, with the support of core agencies UNDP, UNFPA and UN Women, and overseen by the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General.


EU-UN Spotlight Initiative: at the forefront of ending violence against women and girls

26 September 2019
On the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the European Union and the United Nations hosted a high-level event on the Spotlight Initiative – inviting all countries, leaders, civil society representatives and local ambassadors to join the movement and take action to end violence against women and girls.
> spotlightinitiative.org/press/eu-un-spotlight-initiative-forefront-ending-violence-against-women-and-girls