Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Ecuador (CESRC 3 December 2021)

On 14 November 2019, the Committee issued concluding observations on the fourth
periodic report of Ecuador (E/C.12/ECU/CO/4). In paragraph 68 of that document, the State party was requested to provide, within 24 months of the adoption of the concluding observations, information on the implementation of the recommendations contained in paragraphs 6 (b) and (d) (austerity measures), 18 (a) (right to be consulted and to free, prior and informed consent) and 40 (a) (protection of the family and children).

Information relating to implementation

Reply to paragraph 40 (a) of the concluding observations

Managing data on violence against women and underlying patterns

64. In 2020 and 2021, the indicator used to calculate this amount was the number of persons who participated in events to promote and raise awareness of the human rights of women and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons.

65. Activities conducted between January 2020 and June 2021 included awareness-raising of the Comprehensive Organic Act and the toolbox for gender mainstreaming in local governance; dialogues with civil society, held in person in March 2020 and virtually in September 2020, which raised awareness of the National Agenda on Women and Gender Equality; and eight events with the participation of women and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons (approximately 350 people in total). The organizers of these events sought to ensure the representation of women at different stages of the life cycle,
indigenous women, women with disabilities and women in situations of human mobility. The following materials were disseminated:

• A communication campaign on the political participation of women and political violence against them (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zosub4zxT94&t=2s)

• A video on the ILO Violence and Harassment Convention, 2019 (No. 190)

• A video on the Comprehensive Organic Act, available since November 2019 on
institutional websites, social media accounts and YouTube channels
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v= nNjPCvI68fs)

66. Training and capacity-building were organized for political and civil society
organizations on the right of women and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons to political participation and on the prevention of gender-based political violence. In view of the pandemic and the state of emergency, virtual training sessions were run. The National Council for Gender Equality developed a module on gender and public policy which can be integrated with the platform of the National Electoral Council and used by political organizations. The Council provided the course content to the Institute for Democracy, which delivered the training via webinars.

74. The fourth edition of the publication Mujeres y Hombres del Ecuador en Cifras
(Women and Men in Ecuador in Figures), part of the Strategic Information Series, was updated with the support of the Gender Equality Policies area of the Regional Programme for social cohesion in Latin America (EUROsociAL) and the coordinating office of the UNFPA project to implement an early warning and response system at the northern border of Ecuador. This technical input contains statistical data on the lived experience of women and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community and the wide gender gaps that cause poverty, an excessive burden of unpaid work, subordination and situations of violence – all problems exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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