UNFPA, through the Spotlight Initiative (SI) and in collaboration with the Caribbean Family Planning Affiliation and the European Union, launched the Caribbean Observatory on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) on September 30, 2021. The SRHR Observatory contributes to regional cooperation to prevent and respond to family violence in the Caribbean.
The observatory will advocate for strengthened policy and programmatic linkages between family violence and sexual and reproductive health and rights, which will improve coverage, access to, and uptake of both sexual and reproductive health and gender-based violence services. It will also provide timely and independent analysis and advocacy for change of harmful social norms across the Caribbean.
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. It seeks to ensure that women and girls realise their full potential in a violence-free, gender-responsive and inclusive way. UNFPA, as the Sexual and reproductive Health and Rights agency of the United Nations, is a critical partner in advancing SRHR and is committed to continuously providing support to CFPA and all other partners to ensure that the Caribbean Observatory executes its functions effectively during the Spotlight Initiative and beyond.