The Launch of the Spotlight Initiative on July 12th, 2019 by Cross River State Governor, Senator Prof. Ben Ayade to tackle Gender Based Violence (GBV) mitigated against women and girls in the State, the joint mission team of the United Nations (UN) and the Federal Government embarked on a 3-day monitoring visit to the State from August 16th – 19th, 2021 to meet with the implementing partners and Civil Society Organizations (CSO).
The delegation assessed level of progress and presented her joint mission report to the state government with many positive impacts. The joint monitoring team’s visit sought to enhance ownership, transparency and to achieve better results backed by evidence-based data for progress monitoring and to provide recommendations to be used in effective delivery.
According to the Commissioner for International Development Coporation, Hon. Dr. Inyang Asibong, the Spotlight Initiative is currently being implemented in three pilot LGAs in the State with high prevalence rate of GBV, which are Calabar Municipality, Calabar South and Obanliku. The key implementing partners are the government and Civil Society Reference groups with intervention focus on six mutually-reinforcing pillars which include laws and policies, institutions, prevention, services, data, and CSOs/Women’s Movement.
Spotlight Initiative, is the world’s largest human rights movement is a multi-year partnership between the European Union and United Nations targeted at eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls with a particular focus on domestic and family violence, sexual violence and harmful practices, femicide, woman trafficking and economic exploitation by 2030.
Spotlight Initiative is administered by the Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office with support from five core UN mission Agencies which include UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, UN-WOMEN and UNESCO along with the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and Planning, the state Ministry of International Development Corporation, Ministry of Women Affairs and the UN Regional Coordinator’s Office.
Some of the sites toured during the 3-day working visit are the Gender Department of the Force Police Headquarters Calabar,
Ministry of International Development Coporation, Ministry of Women Affairs,
Ancestral Clan in Uwanse Calabar, Ikpai Community in Big Quo Calabar, Vesicovaginal Fistula Unit of the General Hospital Calabar, FIDA Office Calabar, Ministry of Justice Calabar, Ministry of Humanities and Social Welfare Calabar, Safe Space, WAPI Secondary School Calabar, Girls Power Initiative, Agency for Adults and Non Formal Education among others.