The United Nations with support from European Union embarked on a new multi-year program, entitled the Spotlight Initiative, focusing on eliminating violence against women and girls and harmful practices. The Initiative is built around six pillars after an extensive global theory of change exercise. The pillars are:

  1. Laws and Policies
  2. Institutions 
  3.  Prevention and Social Norms
  4.  Services
  5.  Data 
  6.  Women’s movement.

The Spotlight Civil Society National Reference Group (CS-NRG) is a group of around 15 pre-eminent national and local experts on eliminating VAWG and harmful practices (HP) as well as on women’s rights more broadly. CSNRG among others aims to: 

  1. Provide advice on the overall strategic direction of the Spotlight Initiative’s Country Programme in Malawi and on cutting-edge national policy issues on eliminating VAWG and HP.
  2. Provide advice and perspectives on current eliminating VAWG and HP-related issues
    where the Spotlight Initiative’s advocacy, leadership and support to civil society advocacy
    is important.
  3. Partner on high-level advocacy and communications as well as political dialogue, including
    by supporting visibility and promotion of the Initiative’s goals at the national level
  4. Support efforts at dissemination of the messages of the Spotlight Initiative on eliminating
    VAWG and HP to the public, from the national to the community level, especially to
    marginalized groups, youth and the media

CCSS’s Viwemi Chavula serves on CS-NRG team as its Vice chairperson.