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In post-earthquake Ecuador, workshops and shelter visits seek to prevent violence against women

Quito—On 16 April, Ecuador was rattled by a devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake, which has caused an estimated 650 deaths and left more than 25,000 people living in shelters.

Emergencies often tend to exacerbate existing vulnerabilities to violence, as social and institutional protection systems can be severely disrupted, increasing the risk of gender-based violence in all its forms.

Acting swiftly to address the protection of women and girls in the wake of the earthquake, UN Women Representative in Ecuador, Moni Pizani, traveled to affected areas to coordinate safe resettlement and recovery activities for women. She visited temporary shelters, as well as areas where new ones will be set up, to provide technical assistance and recommendations to improve the safety of women and girls housed there.

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Photo: UN Women Ecuador