€50m EU-UN Spotlight Initiative to eliminate domestic violence in the Pacific

Source: Spotlight Initiative

APIA, SAMOA – MONDAY 25 FEBRUARY 2019: A high-level Spotlight Initiative to be launched in Apia Tuesday this week will begin a consultative process to co-design a €50 million programme to eliminate domestic violence in the Pacific.

At the event, heads of states, government representatives, high-level representatives from the European Union and United Nations, survivors of gender-based violence, and civil society leaders will share their experiences and commitments to eliminate violence against women and girls in the Pacific region.

The Spotlight Initiative aims to:

  • Secure high-level political support and commitment from the heads of states in the region to joint efforts to eliminate domestic violence and engage in the process of defining in close cooperation, the Spotlight Programme for the Pacific.
  • Demonstrate EU, UN, civil society and government partnership to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls.
  • Raise awareness on violence against women and girls and its various manifestations including domestic violence.

The Spotlight Initiative is launched against the background of prevalent domestic violence against women and girls in the Pacific with extremely high rates with 2 out of 3 women having experienced physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner.

Samoan women being interviewed for the United Nations National Human Rights Survey 2016

Spotlight Initiative says “Violence against women and girls is both a cause and a consequence of gender inequality worldwide. It is a complex and intersectional human rights violation that inhibits women from equal participation in decision-making, economic development and advancement.” 

The Spotlight Initiative is a €500 million global, multi-year initiative by the European Union and the United Nations aimed at eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls.

“Violence against women and girls exists in all countries and communities across generations and socio-economic strata. It is a major obstacle to achieving gender equality and sustainable development, as articulated in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”

The objective of the Pacific component of the Spotlight Initiative will be to prevent all forms of violence against women and girls by addressing their root causes. The Initiative will address legislative and policy gaps, strengthen institutions’ capacity to implement laws, promote gender-equitable attitudes, and provide quality services for survivors and their families. Interventions will also strengthen systems for collecting data on violence against women and girls and empower women’s movements.