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COVID‐19 and the Limitations of Official Responses to Gender‐Based Violence in Latin America: Evidence from Ecuador

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-11
Number of pages4
Journalbulletin of latin American research
Issue numberSpecial Issue
Published27 Dec 2020

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As the COVID‐19 lockdowns were implemented, Latin American countries raced to announce plans to address gender‐based violence in response to the increase in reports of intrafamily abuse. However, states' interventions had limited results. This article explores the Ecuadorian case. The Andean country's emergency strategy was based on reporting violence via the 911 emergency number, a plan that failed to consider that women quarantined with their aggressors would not have the opportunity to make the call. This article lays bare the extent of the gap between policy and practice in gender mainstreaming and the acute consequences of this during the pandemic.

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