We love ourselves alive
March in defense of women’s rights / Photo taken by: Eva Von Lehmann
On Monday, March 8, 2021 the community of Mindo marched for women’s rights. In upcoming days all of the children, teens and families at SALEM prepared posters to participate in the walk.
SALEM has been working to break the vicious cycle of poverty. Low standards of living, lack of education and lack of economic opportunities are what can determining the levels of violence within a family, as are alcoholism, addiction and abuse. In these situations it is often the children and women who suffer the most.
To date in 2021, 23 femicides have been registered in Ecuador. That is one death every 72 hours. In most cases, the women were between 25 and 39 years of age. Seventy percent of them were mothers. In the last 7 years there have been 860 femicides in Ecuador.
In 92% of the cases, the aggressors were relatives or close to the victims. Because of sentimental closeness and trust, they took advantage of the women’s vulnerability.
This is unacceptable and why we at SALEM work hard to reinforce the values of respect and integrate the community in the defense of the rights of women, children and adolescents.
Source in spanish: ALDEA Foundation