International Day of No Violence against Women
Today, November 25, such an honorable date is celebrated. And despite being internationally recognized, somehow, its not acknowledge in Ecuador.
Femicide refers to the violent death of women, act which in certain regions of our country is regarded as something of daily living.
According to figures from the Centre for Care and Help for Women (CEPAM for its Spanish acronym): 45% of crimes are caused by jealousy, 80% of Ecuadorian women have suffered some form of violence and 85.4% of divorced women register most attacks.
Internationally, Ecuador registers a rate below 5 per 100,000 women killed per year, a figure that ranks it as one of the countries with the lowest incidence of gender-based crimes in Latin America.
However, aware Ecuadorians know that we cannot really trust those statistics because analysts do not reach rural areas where femicide goes unpunished.
Violence is a cultural pattern and actions should be aimed at prevention using education in order to disappear this tradition in all generations.
So savage act against women is a problem that affects not only them but also their children, family, society, the state, and as such, must be eradicated so that the country can flourish. (MZ)