Realities of life for Indigenous Rural Women in Ecuador

Author: World Food Programme – Rural Ecuadorian women are saddled with domestic duties, in addition to the responsibilities of tending agriculture and living a rural lifestyle, which often entails withstanding domestic abuse and marginalization. Rural indigenous women in Ecuador experience a disproportionate amount of domestic violence. In all of Ecuador, six out of ten women have reported domestic abuse at some point in their lives. However, the statistic rises to 68% among rural indigenous women.

Different paths: for generations, farmers have lived in the countryside. Today, with new opportunities for education, modernization, and markets, life is divided between the country and the city, people communicating in both Spanish and indigenous Kichwa. Female participation in markets: the presence of women in markets continues to grow and become more influential. Read Article


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