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01.19.10 - In 2009, the Center submitted a shadow letter to the Human Rights Committee on the situation of sexual and reproductive rights in Ecuador. The letter highlighted the failure of the government to protect girls against sexual violence in schools and to ensure that adolescents have access to essential reproductive and sexual health care services.
The Committee’s concluding observations note with concern the large number of cases of violence against women and girls in Ecuador and, in particular, the incidence of sexual abuse and harassment against girls in schools. The Committee also recommended that the government of Ecuador take a number of steps to prevent sexual violence and ensure access to justice for survivors, including training educational personnel and students and running awareness-raising campaigns to combat sexual violence in schools.