Press Release

The Government of Belize, The European Union and the United Nations convened the Spotlight Initiative Belize 2020 Annual Review

04 June 2021

The Government of Belize, the European Union, and the United Nations, through their partnership in the Spotlight Initiative, hosted its 2020 Annual Review with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and implementing partners at the Radisson Fort George on 1 June 2021.

The objectives of the meeting were to review the progress on the Spotlight Initiative implementation and identify key challenges, opportunities, and recommendations for strengthening and accelerating the programme.
The Spotlight Initiative is in its second year of implementation in Belize, and the collective efforts of the programme in 2020 impacted an estimated 40,000 women and girls through radio and television messages on gender-based violence (GBV); 345 girls and 2,535 boys through school-based interventions; and engaged a total of 1,312 men and boys directly.

The Annual Review meeting opened with Luca Lo Conte, Programme Manager from the European Union Delegation, Ms Tanya Santos, CEO in the Ministry of Human Development, Families, and Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, and the United Nations Resident Coordinator for El Salvador and Belize, Ms Birgit Gerstenberg. They emphasized and recognized the importance of partnership in the successful outcomes of the Initiative during its first phase of implementation. Additionally, they thanked the implementing partners, predominantly comprised of Government ministries and CSOs, for their dedication to the programme and efforts to fulfil the fundamental goal of the Initiative in eliminating family violence and violence against women and girls. CEO Tanya Santos emphasized the Government’s commitment to the saying, “The Government of Belize join in all these processes and display our commitment with our valued partners, using one voice to reach everyone across Belize to be a part of the efforts to eliminate all forms of violence.”

Participants who joined the meeting welcomed the 2020 Annual Report. They discussed key achievements of the programme and discussed lessons learnt which will be taken forward in the implementation of the 2021 Annual Work Plan. Participants were also able to give their recommendations and examined where wider collaboration and coordination could take place in areas of policy and legislation, data and evidence, prevention, service delivery, and coordination and networking.


About the Spotlight Initiative:
The Spotlight Initiative is an investment focused on eliminating all forms of family violence and violence against women and girls (VAWG). The Initiative brings focused attention to this issue, moving it into the spotlight and placing it at the centre of efforts to achieve gender equity and equality and women's empowerment, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
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The Government of Belize, The European Union and the United Nations convened the Spotlight Initiative Belize 2020 Annual Review

Perla Hinojosa

Perla Hinojosa

Spotlight Initiative Communications Officer

UN entities involved in this initiative

United Nations Resident Coordinator Office

Other entities involved in this initiative

European Commission Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development

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