Plan International has been working with children, their families and communities in Ecuador since 1963.
In Ecuador there are high levels of violence and girls are vulnerable from an early age. In addition, girls are discriminated against and receive little respect or advice as they grow up.
Opportunities to get good jobs are also scarce and there are high rates of teenage pregnancy, child marriage and children who are out-of-school.
Our work focuses on increasing girls’ leadership to bring about positive changes in society. We also work with boys and men so they understand the importance of gender equality and become allies in working towards it.
Over the next 5 years, Plan International Ecuador will impact the lives of 3.7 million people, almost 25% of the Ecuadorian population, of which 2 million will be girls and young women.
Our priorities include:
- Providing children with a healthy and violence-free start in their lives
- Supporting girls to lead positive change in society around violence and sexual health
- Increasing the resilience of communities to climate change
- Helping children and young people get an education, skills and good jobs.
Ecuador earthquake survivors share their stories
A year on from the Ecuador earthquake of April 2016, children have learned to overcome what they have experienced and become more resilient to emergencies through child-friendly spaces installed by Plan International.
Patterns of violence against girls in Ecuador
This study identifies dominant cultural patterns that contribute to violence within families and communities from indigenous communities in the Central Highlands of Ecuador.