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Response to COVID-19

As the global effects of COVID-19 continue to manifest, women and girls are being disproportionately impacted. It is especially concerning that we are already seeing a significant spike in violence against women and girls alongside heightened risk factors for violence.

As the world's largest investment to end violence against women and girls, it is critical that the Spotlight Initiative responds to this increase in violence and reinforces prevention and response efforts within the context of COVID-19.

This is impacting activities at regional and country levels, including within national governments, our respective programmes, and the Spotlight Initiative itself. As we all grapple with how best to respond to changing contexts and re-prioritization of staff, resources, and needs, the Spotlight Secretariat remains on standby to support.

The Spotlight Initiative has begun mobilizing. To view materials related to the Initiative's COVID-19 response, such as technical guidance, key resources and messaging, as well as regional/country-specific COVID-19 responses, click here.

Welcome to the Community of the Spotlight Initiative (COSI) Extranet. This extranet has been created for COSI members to engage with the Initiative's virtual spaces in order to strengthen networks, exchange knowledge and foster a dynamic global community.

Here you can explore the Virtual Library, COSI Email Group and COSI Calendar, as well as the Spotlight Initiative Website and linkages to other learning platforms. You will also have access to the COSI Guidance to learn more on how to use these spaces.

Virtual Library

The Virtual Library is used to upload, store and disseminate relevant country and regional documents, ranging from Country and Regional Programme Documents, to Annual Work Plans, to knowledge products. The Virtual Library encourages learning exchange as Spotlight teams can view each other's documents and adapt promising practices to local contexts. All COSI members from regional and country teams will be able to use this Virtual Library to increase access to information and strengthen Knowledge Management globally and in-country.

The platform can be navigated in over 100 languages, including French and Spanish.

Go directly to the Virtual Library by clicking here


COSI Email Group

The COSI Email Group is the primary Spotlight Initiative community of practice. The COSI Email Group is a space to share evidence-based resources on EVAWG and all elements of Spotlight programming, information on learning opportunities, challenges and successes at the country and regional levels, and to ask any questions related to Spotlight and EVAWG programming.

The COSI Email Group will be limited to select Focal Points in each country and region to welcome open dialogue and create a lively community of practice.

Quick Tips: COSI Email Group

Step 1: Email the COSI Email Group by clicking here or go to the COSI Google Group page by clicking here.

*Note: to engage via the Google Group page, you will need to create a Google account with your UN email address by clicking here.

Step 2: Compose your message and subject line in your email or select 'New topic' and compose your message in the COSI Google Group.

Step 3: Press 'Send' in your email or 'Post' in Google Groups.

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COSI Calendar

The COSI Calendar is available to view upcoming country events, activities or learning opportunities such as webinars, forums, campaigns, newsletter release dates, research launches and other related initiatives from across Spotlight regions and countries. All COSI members will be able to view the calendar and Knowledge Management Focal Points will add relevant events from their Spotlight teams.

go directly to the calendar by clicking here

Explore the cosi calendar

Knowledge Management Focal Points can edit the COSI Calendar by clicking here.

COSI Guidance

The COSI Guidance serves to support COSI members by outlining the purpose of COSI’s virtual spaces and charts how to use each in a step-by-step format. Here you will be able to learn about how to use COSI’s spaces in more detail. Click here to read the COSI Guidance.

Spotlight Initiative

The Spotlight Initiative is a global, multi-year partnership between the European Union and United Nations and is the world's largest targeted investment to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls by 2030.

Launched with a seed funding commitment of €500 million from the European Union, the Initiative represents an unprecedented global effort to invest in gender equality and women’s empowerment as a precondition and driver for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

To learn more about the Spotlight Initiative, visit the official website by clicking here.

subscribe to the newsletter

The Secretariat releases monthly newsletters to release news from Spotlight countries and encourage learning. Stories, relevant guidance, tools, studies, Spotlight knowledge products and upcoming webinars, conferences, events and calls for proposals are shared. Subscribe to the newsletter here.

Linkages to other Platforms

repository of capacity development resources

The Spotlight Secretariat in coordination UN agencies has created this repository to assist Spotlight teams as they implement EVAWG programmes across the globe. Capacity development resources are organized under the 6 Pillars of the Spotlight Initiative. Access the Spotlight Initiative Repository of UN Capacity Development Resources on EVAWG by clicking here.

virtual knowledge centre

The Virtual Knowledge Centre to End Violence Against Women and Girls is a rich resource designed to serve the needs of policymakers, programme implementers and other practitioners dedicated to addressing violence against women and girls. Browse the evidence-base on EVAW through programming guidance, tools, and joint UN initiatives. Access the Virtual Knowledge Centre by clicking here.


Agora is UNICEF’s global hub for learning and development that offers tailored learning solutions to UNICEF's staff, partners and supporters. Find the right learning opportunities for you, interact with other learners, plan your learning and record your achievements, and learn wherever you are. Access Agora by clicking here.

get in touch

The COSI extranet is where you can access all of COSI's virtual spaces to exchange knowledge with Spotlight teams around the world and learn more from UN platforms.

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