Spotlight Initiative.


The Spotlight Initiative is a global partnership between the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU) that aims to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls by 2030.

The Spotlight Initiative was launched in 2017 and is currently being implemented by five (5) UN Agencies in Nigeria. These are UNWOMEN, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNDP and UNESCO.

FHI 360 is receiving funding from UNFPA to implement the third and fourth pillars of the Spotlight Initiative in the Federal Capital Territory and Adamawa State.

FHI 360’s strategic approach in implementing the Spotlight Initiative fosters prevention through a socio-ecological perspective, facilitate effective multi-sectoral response to SGBV, and promote uptake of survivor-centered care.


The project aims to achieve the following;

Engage with communities to promote gender-equitable social norms and prevent violence against women and girls.

Strengthen existing health services to respond to sexual and gender-based violence.

Strengthen existing social services to provide survivor-centered psycho-social support to survivors of sexual and gender-based violence.

Strengthen existing legal and law enforcement services to provide legal re-dress for survivors of SGBV.

Provide essential recovery and rehabilitation services to survivors through a one-stop-shop approach.

Strengthen performance monitoring of services delivered to respond to sexual and gender-based violence.

Project Activity

The core project activities are;

  • Support community based rapid response teams for SGBV
  • Provide strategic communication and advocacy for SGBV prevention and response across multiple media channels
  • Training and capacity building of key partners and stakeholders
  • Provide GBV virtual referral and response services
  • Support the running of one-stop-shop shelters for survivors SGBV
  • Coordinate and facilitate medico-legal response to SGBV