UN / SPOTLIGHT INITIATIVE REPORT

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Speaking to reporters today in New York, UN Women Executive Director Sima Sami Bahous said, “the Spotlight Initiative’s rapid action to adjust its programs during the pandemic provided 650,000 women and girls with quality essential services. It emphasized and supported continuous comprehensive service delivery during periods of lockdown.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 19 NOVEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

19 NOVEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, press briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Sima Sami Bahous, UN Women Executive Director:
“The Spotlight Initiative’s rapid action to adjust its programs during the pandemic provided 650,000 women and girls with quality essential services. It emphasized and supported continuous comprehensive service delivery during periods of lockdown. It scaled up efforts to connect violence survivors with essential service providers in spite of the movements restrictions and it supported civil society organizations to swiftly adapt to the changing environment and to strengthen online services, such as tele counseling and hotline.”
4. Wide shot, press briefing room
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Sima Sami Bahous, UN Women Executive Director:
“COVID-19 continues to exacerbate violence against women and girls in the context of sustained and new backlash against women's rights globally. Now more than ever, we need concentrated action to protect the gains made and to guard against reversals. The spotlight initiative has shown us the power of working in a more coordinated and integrated way to deliver our activities with a truly diverse set of stakeholders.”
6. Wide shot, press briefing room
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Sima Sami Bahous, UN Women Executive Director:
“As I said, we work with the alongside many NGO partners staff to continue to deliver lifesaving assistance, including maternal health services and others and also we have centers - not all of them are open - but few of them continue to be open, and to offer services for survivors, survivors of violence against women and girls and also to continue to work with the community to see how much you can avoid that.”
8. Wide shot, press briefing room
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director:
“The Spotlight Initiative shows the continuous need for investment to prevent violence and provide effective response. The results that we are launching today show just what that investments can achieve. Violence against girls and women is preventable and change is possible. And we must support girls and women, boys and men that are leading this change.”
10. Wide shot, press briefing room
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator:
“Around the world, our joint initiative has contributed directly to the adoptions strengthening of 84 laws and policies that will contribute reducing violence against women and girls. Some strategies, legal frameworks, we all know, do not guarantee ending gender-based violence. They are essential to stop making a dent in this global scorch, not to mention one of its most horrifying cases - femicide. Through the spotlight, we have supported, for instance, 17 countries in Latin America, not only to achieve the fully corporation of femicide in penal codes, but also to add codes that will punish the perpetrators more severely.”
12. Wide shot, press briefing room
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Olof Skoog, Ambassador of the European Union Delegation to the UN:
“I just want to say too that in order to take forward and build on achievements, we have decided to develop with the UN a Spotlight Global Platform, a platform that will offer the combined power of a Knowledge Hub, a community of practice, and an advocacy instrument founded in the practical experience of the Spotlight Initiative. The EU has, we have our gender action strategy, a gender action plan in the EU, which is very strong on gender-based violence prevention, and it's also part of what we try to do in all the programs that we do cooperation around the world in all our external projects, that Gender Action Plan is sort of mainstreamed into that work.”
14. Wide shot, press briefing room

STORYLINE:

UN agencies today launched a Spotlight Initiative’s impact report for 2020-2021, 'Rising to the challenge'.

Speaking to reporters today (19 Nov) in New York, UN Women Executive Director Sima Sami Bahous said, “the Spotlight Initiative’s rapid action to adjust its programs during the pandemic provided 650,000 women and girls with quality essential services. It emphasized and supported continuous comprehensive service delivery during periods of lockdown.”

Bahous added, “it scaled up efforts to connect violence survivors with essential service providers in spite of the movements restrictions and it supported civil society organizations to swiftly adapt to the changing environment and to strengthen online services, such as tele counseling and hotline.”

The UN Women chief also said, “COVID-19 continues to exacerbate violence against women and girls in the context of sustained and new backlash against women's rights globally.”

She reiterated, “now more than ever, we need concentrated action to protect the gains made and to guard against reversals,” adding that the spotlight initiative has shown us “the power of working in a more coordinated and integrated way to deliver our activities with a truly diverse set of stakeholders.”

Asked about women and girls in Afghanistan, Bahous said, “we work with the alongside many NGO partners staff to continue to deliver lifesaving assistance, including maternal health services and others and also we have centers - not all of them are open - but few of them continue to be open, and to offer services for survivors, survivors of violence against women and girls and also to continue to work with the community to see how much you can avoid that.”

Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director spoke to reporters via a video link. She said that the Spotlight Initiative shows “the continuous need for investment to prevent violence and provide effective response.”

Fore added, “the results that we are launching today show just what that investments can achieve. Violence against girls and women is preventable and change is possible. And we must support girls and women, boys and men that are leading this change.”

Via a video link, UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner said, “around the world, our joint initiative has contributed directly to the adoptions strengthening of 84 laws and policies that will contribute reducing violence against women and girls.”

He continued, “some strategies, legal frameworks, we all know, do not guarantee ending gender-based violence. They are essential to stop making a dent in this global scorch, not to mention one of its most horrifying cases - femicide.”

Steiner added, “through the spotlight, we have supported, for instance, 17 countries in Latin America, not only to achieve the fully corporation of femicide in penal codes, but also to add codes that will punish the perpetrators more severely.”

Olof Skoog, Ambassador of the European Union Delegation to the UN also spoke to reporters. He said, “in order to take forward and build on achievements, we have decided to develop with the UN a Spotlight Global Platform, a platform that will offer the combined power of a Knowledge Hub, a community of practice, and an advocacy instrument founded in the practical experience of the Spotlight Initiative.”

He added, “the EU has, we have our gender action strategy, a gender action plan in the EU, which is very strong on gender-based violence prevention, and it's also part of what we try to do in all the programs that we do cooperation around the world in all our external projects, that Gender Action Plan is sort of mainstreamed into that work.”

Thanks to the European Union and its unprecedented €500 million in seed funding, Spotlight Initiative is the world’s largest targeted effort to end all forms of violence against women and girls. The Initiative is responding to all forms of violence against women and girls, with a particular focus on domestic and family violence, sexual and gender-based violence and harmful practices, femicide, trafficking in human beings and sexual and economic (labour) exploitation.
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