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Ecuador - First Hospital Emergency Room For Victims Of Gender-Based Violence

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2010-07-21 11:40:45 / News read 1427 reading

According to official figures, an estimated 83,000 women are victims of psychological or physical abuse, including sexual abuse, each year in Ecuador.  This translates to 7,000 gender-based violence incidents per month, and 230 each day. IOM and Ecuadorian authorities, including officials of the Ministry of Public Health, this week opened the first emergency room for victims of gender-based violence in the country.

 

IOM and Ecuadorian authorities, including officials of the Ministry of Public Health, this week opened the first emergency room for victims of gender-based violence in the country.


The new emergency room, located in the
Divine Providence Hospital in the city of San Lorenzo, near the Colombian border, is considered one of the most vulnerable areas for gender-based violence with many reported cases.  Because of its geographic location, the city also hosts large numbers of Colombians who cross the border in search of international protection.


According to official figures, an estimated 83,000 women are victims of psychological or physical abuse, including sexual abuse, each year in
Ecuador.  This translates to 7,000 gender-based violence incidents per month, and 230 each day.


Working with the Ministry of Health, IOM trained 43 health professionals and carried out a mass information campaign against gender violence in the region.  The campaign messages focused on the protection of human rights, as well as prevention and response to gender based violence; targeting the local population and those seeking international protection.  


UNHCR figures estimate that some 85,000 Colombians are living in the northern border region; and that up to 70 percent of them are in need of special protection.  Of this group, some 35,000 persons, known as "invisible refugees", have not applied for refugee status, the vast majority due to lack of information or mistrust of the authorities.


An IOM programme launched in October of 2005 assists Colombians who cross into
Ecuador fleeing the violence of illegal armed groups and in search of international protection.  The programme, funded by the US Department of State's Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM), covers Colombia's border areas with Ecuador, Panama and Venezuela.

 

IOM - International Organization for Migration

 

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