Domestic violence in Ecuador’s southern province, Guayas, is characterized by high rates of impunity, with charges filed against perpetrators in only approximately ten percent of cases. Some rural areas of the province lack standard reporting systems for domestic violence cases and financial dependence often forces survivors to stay with their abusers. Our grantee partner, Fundación Yerbabuena, provides training in leadership, job skills, and business development for women to increase their financial independence. It also works with public agencies to develop better response systems for cases of domestic violence.
This grant is part of the IAF’s broader Women Investing in Growth and Security (WINGS) initiative to empower women as business and community leaders.