Spotlight Initiative

We are strengthening child protection systems and multi-sectoral coordination to prevent and respond to gender-based violence in hotspots across Zimbabwe.







Social, cultural, and religious norms place women and girls at risk of gender-based violence (GBV) and harmful practices. Between one third and one half of women experience violence in the provinces of Zimbabwe where we implement UNICEF’s Spotlight Initiative. Sadly, less than half of survivors seek help and rarely turn to the police or social welfare organizations for support. In these hot spots, the Initiative supports the Ministry of Public Service, Labour, and Social Welfare to provide critical access to timely clinical, psychosocial, and legal services for GBV survivors. 

The Spotlight Initiative facilitates multi-sectoral coordination and promotes efficiency and accountability of GBV response through a GBV-sensitive National Case Management System.  Trained case management and psychosocial support officers are embedded in district social welfare offices, guiding community childcare workers to link survivors of violence to comprehensive services and provide follow-up support. We are training and incentivizing police and district social welfare officers to provide quality and timely services through an innovative results-based financing model. We have also introduced an emergency transport voucher mechanism to provide safe and timely transport for survivors of violence to protection services.