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The Spotlight Initiative is a global, multi-year partnership between the European Union and the United Nations to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls. Designed as a model of coordination, comprehensive programme delivery and multi-stakeholder ownership, the Initiative is delivering results on one of the most egregious human rights and security challenges globally through comprehensive responses and a focus on prevention, sustainability, and transformative impact at all levels. With a strategic vision to uproot the drivers of violence, this Initiative has presented an opportunity to disrupt the status quo and engage women and girls in designing their own futures free of violence. Implementation of the Spotlight Initiative in over 25 countries across 5 regions with a multiplicity of partners - from grassroots communities to governments at the highest levels – has generated a wealth of knowledge, lessons and good practices that are well positioned to be modelled widely and to drive global advocacy.

The Spotlight Initiative has partnered with the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UN Trust Fund) since 2019. Joining forces to complement the Initiative's outreach and resourcing to civil society organizations (CSOs), particularly small, local women’s rights organizations in Spotlight Initiative target countries. The UN Trust Fund invested in 50 CSOs in Africa and Latin America. CSOs supported work on behalf of groups facing intersecting forms of discrimination, in alignment with the 2030 Agenda and the principle of leaving no one behind in programming on ending violence against women and girls. The UN Trust Fund is a grant-making mechanism managed by UN Women on behalf of the UN system. Since its establishment in 1996 by UN General Assembly resolution 50/166, the UN Trust Fund has awarded USD 198 million to 609 initiatives in 140 countries and territories. Focused on preventing violence, implementing laws and policies, and improving access to vital services for survivors, the UN Trust Fund invests in sustainable change through demand-driven initiatives implemented by CSOs around the world. The UN Trust Fund is committed to advocating for adequate, sustainable funding for efforts to end violence against women and girls including investment in the practice-based knowledge of CSOs to inform global efforts to end violence against women.