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European Union and United Nations presented a new initiative worth €500 million to eliminate violence against women and girls



In order to help eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls, the European Union and the United Nations have presented yesterday their new "Spotlight Initiative".


At the official launch at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, High Representative/Vice President Federica Mogherini said: "The European Union is committed to combatting all forms of violence against women and girls, as they undermine our core fundamental rights and values, such as dignity, access to justice and gender equality. We need first to ensure that we keep women and girls safe, in order to empower them to deploy their full potential."

Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica added: "Violence against women and girls is one of the greatest injustices of our time, which crosses all borders, generations, nationalities and communities. It deeply touches our hearts and our minds. And it is a serious barrier to any society's full development potential. To make a real change, I invite all partners to join our Spotlight Initiative for a world in which all women and girls can truly shine!"

Over the next few years, comprehensive programmes and large-scale targeted actions will be implemented to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls, such as sexual and gender-based violence and harmful practices, including female genital mutilation; trafficking and economic (labour) exploitation; femicide; and domestic and family violence. Core areas of intervention will include strengthening legislative frameworks, policies and institutions, preventive measures, access to services and improving data gathering in Africa, Latin America, Asia, the Pacific and the Caribbean.

For more information:

press release


Joint Communiqué between the United Nations and European Union on the launch of the Spotlight Initiative – to eliminate violence against women and girls