Representatives of the United Nations as well as the UN women multi-country office for the Caribbean and members from the regional offices of the European Union are currently visiting Grenada from September 30th to October 1st.
It is the second meeting within the year since the gathering in June, as Grenada finalizes the development of a Country Programme for the Spotlight Initiative.
The Spotlight Initiative is a global, multi-year partnership between the European Union and the United Nations to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls by 2030.
It is the world’s largest targeted effort to end all forms of female violence.
Grenada is doing its part through the development of a country programme.
UN Women representative Alison McLean says meaningful engagements with civil society will be crucial to the Spotlight Initiative for Grenada.
This would contribute to better results, as civil society organizations would help ensure the targets are met.
McLean added that the Grenada Country Programme is currently at the Version 1 phase going into Version 2, where feedback from civil society and governmental partners is critical.
Programme Manager for Cooperation for European Union’s regional office Katja Svensson says the five hundred million Euros being spent on the Spotlight Initiative demonstrates the value and importance of women’s rights and fighting violence against women and girls.
The Caribbean has been budgeted 50 million Euros for the Spotlight Initiative of which Grenada is expected to receive 2 million.