Ecuador registers 272 femicides so far in 2022 | News

The Latin American Association for Alternative Development (Aldea) of Ecuador reported on Wednesday that so far in 2022, there have been 272 violent deaths for reasons of gender, which indicates that a femicide occurs every 28 hours in that South American country.

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According to a report from the entity, 22 Ecuadorian provinces have reported femicides between January 1 and November 15, and as a consequence, 196 sons or daughters were orphaned since 109 were mothers and nine were pregnant.

“The figures continue to increase: if 2021 was declared the most violent year against women in Ecuador, with 197 cases, 2022 exceeded this figure and the year is not over yet,” the text indicated.

The statistics refer that Guayas, Manabí and Esmeraldas are the provinces with the highest number of cases of femicides with 93, 31 and 27, respectively; and so far, Zamora Chinchipe and the Galapagos have not registered deaths due to gender issues.

Likewise, eight transfeminicides are counted, two in Guayas and Esmeraldas and one in Cotopaxi, Santa Elena, Tungurahua and Manabí.

Most of the victims are in the age range between 26 and 35 years; while 33 were between 36 and 45.

“In this period of 2022, the youngest victim was 3 months old, and the oldest was 66 years old; the most frequent age of the victims is 32 years old,” the report detailed.

Of the total number of femicides, only the cultural ethnic identity of 259 women is known, of which 228 were mestizo, 21 Afro-descendants and ten indigenous.

La Aldea also specified that 40 of the victims had reported a history of violence, eight had a help ticket, while 13 had been sexually abused.

The Village report was released prior to November 25, when the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is commemorated, so Quito (capital) and other Ecuadorian cities will host mobilizations to demand justice and guarantees from the State for a life free of violence.