Welcome to our GBV Resources!

About Spotlight

The Spotlight Initiative is a joint European Union- United Nations global, multiyear initiative focused on eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls.

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Role of the ECA

Under the Spotlight project, the ECA’s role is to provide clear guidance to employers on preventing, addressing and remedying GBV and harassment – wherever it occurs.

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Support Services

Employers, you have a role to play! This section provides a list of support services, hotlines and other forms of information available for survivors of GBV in T&T.

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Model Workplace Policy

A free and fully customisable model workplace policy! Download and implement as a new policy or integrate with existing company policies.

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Social Media Resources

Want to show your organisation's support for eliminating all forms of GBV? Check out our free and customisable social media resources.

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Other Services and Resources

A list of other useful resources available nationally, or from other implementing partners of the Spotlight Project in T&T.

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What is the Spotlight Initiative?

One in three women will be impacted by some form of gender- based violence within their lifetime. These are not isolated events, but rather a cycle of abuse, which affects every facet of daily life. Within Trinidad and Tobago, many women who experience violence at home and in their intimate relationships are also employed in the formal sector. According to data from the Office of the Prime Minister, working persons, both men and women, accounted for almost half of the reported cases of Domestic Violence in 2019.

A health survey conducted by the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) in 2017, found that 27% of women who experienced moderate to severe forms of violence were employed in either the private or public sector.

The Spotlight Initiative is a joint European Union- United Nations global, multiyear initiative focused on eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls. It is the world’s largest targeted effort to end all forms of violence against women and girls with critical emphasis on ending domestic, family and sexual violence, femicide, human trafficking, and sexual and economic (labour) exploitation.

Within the Caribbean, the Spotlight Initiative is playing a catalytic role in addressing gender- based violence through partnering with various civil society organisations and governments throughout the region to raise awareness, enable and implements laws and policies and improve quality essential services for survivors.

The Role of the ECA

The Employers' Consultative Association (ECA) stands firm in its view that, gender- based violence (GBV) in all of its forms, must end in T&T.

In 2021, we engaged in a sensitisation campaign which sought to educate companies across T&T about GBV and its impact on employees and organisations. Even prior to joining the Spotlight Initiative, as an implmenting partner, the ECA would have offered and conducted many training and sensitisation sessions focusing on violence and harassment in the workplace, as well as providing workplace guidance for preventing or responding to such events.

As part of our 2021 campaign, we hosted a two-part workshop with presenters drawn from a number of frontline organizations such the Institute for Gender and Development Studies (UWI), the Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CADV), the Family Planning Association of Trinidad and Tobago (FPATT), the Equal Opportunity Commission (EOC) and the Gender- Based Violence Unit of the TTPS.

We have also collaborated with the National Trade Union of T&T, and the Cipriani College of Labour and Co-Operative Studies to produce a model workplace policy which addresses various forms of gender- based violence e.g. domestic violence, intimate partner violence, family violence and sexual harassment as workplace issues.

Need help with implementation in your workplace?

Contact the ECA at 675-9388/5873/6026 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out how we can assist with customising this policy to your organisation, or how we can provide support for rollout, implementation and/or sensitivity training (service fees will apply).

Social Media Resources