Delegation of the European Union to Nicaragua

The Spotlight Initiative for Trinidad and Tobago

24/03/2021 - 17:24
Democracy and Human Rights

DURATION: 36 months (January 2020 to December 2022)


LOCATION:  Trinidad and Tobago – (Tobago, Mayaro/Rio Claro, Tunapuna/Piarco)


  • Government:  The Ministry of Planning and Development and the Office of the Prime Minister, Division of Gender and Child Affairs as main programme coordination counterparties.
  • Regional Corporations (Local government institutions in the three regions)
  • Women’s organisations
  • Non-government organisations and community-based groups
  • Private Sector
  • Trade Unions


The programme establishes for the first time in Trinidad and Tobago a foundation for sustained and integrated approaches to preventing family violence before it occurs.  It will facilitate the improvement of the capacity of organizations to respond to such violence through timely accountability, problem solving, and through the increased use of services by women and girls who are survivors of family violence.

Project Outputs: 

At the end of the Spotlight programme, under Pillar 1, a comprehensive and costed National Strategic Plan on gender-based violence will be adopted and its implementation (as well as associated sectoral action plans) will be monitored by a multi-stakeholder coordination platform.

Under Pillar 2, the police and the administration of justice sectors will have improved institutional capabilities to respond to impunity caused by the under-implementation of laws and policies. There will also be increased state investments to prevent and respond to family violence because senior policy makers will better appreciate the economic costs of family violence including on the public and private sector workplaces.  

Under Pillar 3, children, adolescents and youth will be empowered to demand lives free from violence and will have information and skills to self-protect. A life cycle approach to prevention programming will ensure that institutions of socialisation (schools, youth groups, families, antenatal and post-natal facilities; faith-based institutions and cultural influencers etc.) are equipped to implement prevention programmes based on best practices in changing unequal gender norms and harmful stereotypes. 

Under Pillar 4, service providers will be held responsible for timely correction of implementation failures because capabilities will be improved and systems of supervision and accountability will be strengthened.

Under pillar 5, administrative systems of data collection will be strengthened and coordinated to improve timely and cross-sectoral analyses and programmatic responses.

Under Pillar 6, civil society and women’s organisations will be empowered to monitor and support responsive and survivor-centred services. These approaches will advance gender equality, end indifference and impunity for gender-based violence against women and children.

Implementing partners: UNDP, UNICEF, UN Women, PAHO/WHO and UNFPA.

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