More than fourteen rape complaints are received daily in Ecuador and three of them are minors, but the number of unreported cases is even higher. The girls face the fear of telling what happened to them, so it becomes difficult to pursue the legal process because of all the effects that fall on the infants.
Calls for attention don’t stop, but the problem must be identified at its root In what environment does your daughter or son grow up, who is close to our infants? The long-term emotional and psychological damage from sexual abuse can be devastating to their development.
Based on alarming data on suicides, depression and different consequences, ‘Niñas, no madres, el podcast’ in which the history of violated minors is made visible in five episodes, the consequences they suffered in their development and all that they had to face.
Paulina Ponce, spokesperson for this great initiative, told us about the objective of this project, in which the Ecuadorian journalist Dayana Monroy also participates.
We want to appeal for all people through these podcasts to discover the stories of courage of five girls. In addition to recognizing that these girls want to raise their voices for other girls.
— Paulina Ponce, spokesperson for ‘These Are Daughters, Not Mothers’.
How did the idea for this great initiative come about?
The figures on the violation of girls’ rights in Latin America and the Caribbean are alarming. As alerted United Nations Population Fund, is the only region in the world where births to girls under 15 continue to rise, while the figures of sexual violence do not dry up.
In 2019, four countries joined forces to present the stories of four girl survivors of sexual violence. It is precisely these cases that have been brought before the United Nations. The campaign was born as a way to accompany the addition of voices of support in Latin America to dozens of girls around the world.
— Paulina Ponce, spokesperson for ‘They’re Daughters, Not Mothers’
the podcast mabout daughters, not mothers It will publicize the daily actions that can be put into practice in various scenarios such as: health centers, schools, media, family homes, judicial institutions, among others.
Five girls, the face of hundreds of sexual abuse
The story of five little girls
Susana, Lucia, Camila, Norma and Fatima. Violence has a name and these five girls put their faces to it to create a project in memory of their dreams and desires. The second chapter tells the story of these five girls from Peru, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Ecuador, who survived sexual violence and were denied the possibility of terminating their pregnancies.
None of them have been able to obtain justice in their country, which is why the Center for Reproductive Rights, along with a dozen local organizations, took their cases to the United Nations Human Rights Committee United Nations and the United Nations Human Rights Committee. Child.
This podcast reminds us who these girls were, their dreams, and what protective measures the state failed to provide them. And she also tells us that these five cases unfortunately illustrate the reality of thousands of girls in Latin America.
Accompaniment and timely protection
Complaint in this process is the main way, YES. However, the accompaniment, attention and support that we can provide are fundamental and conducive to facing the rest of the process with the victim of abuse. In chapter three of this podcast, he has the invitation of the lawyer, Carmen Martinez, as well as other professionals. The explanation starts from where victims can start and clearly outlines what process victims should follow for psychological, physical and legal support.
protect and act
The last two chapters show all the path traveled by these little ones, like a test. Reparation for the loss of their integrity and dignity was not only affected when they outraged their little bodies, but also when they sought redress for their dreams through justice. Today they are accompanied by different organizations, the same ones that this podcast presents to us today to make such a cruel and real problem visible throughout the world. It is also a call to action and attention so that our daughters and sons have decent and safe protective environments for their proper development and growth.
The problem in several countries
Behind each of these figures lie the lives of girls struggling with physical, social and psychological impacts. Not only were they victims of rape, but they became mothers when they didn’t want to or weren’t ready.
— Spokespersons for the campaign They are daughters, not mothers.
Colombia: In 2021, there are 46 cases of sexual violence against children and adolescents every day (Colombian Family Welfare Institute, 2021).
Ecuador: Every day 11 complaints of rape are received. 10 correspond to girls under the age of 14 (State Attorney General’s Office, 2018).
Paraguay: In Paraguay, two girls aged 10-14 become mothers every day (Amnesty International Paraguay, 2021).
Peru: In 2021, 1,437 girls under the age of 15 became mothers (Online Living Birth Certificate Registration System, 2022).
Guatemala: In 2021, in Guatemala, 6,579 girls under the age of 15 became mothers (Observatory of Sexual and Reproductive Health, OSAR).
Nicaragua: It is estimated that every day at least 5 girls are forced to become mothers (Nicaraguan Coordinating Federation of NGOs Working with Children and Adolescents (CODENI), 2018).
Mexico: 4 out of 10 victims of sexual violence are girls under 15 (GIRE, 2016).
The Caribbean: With an estimated adolescent fertility rate of 60.2 per 1,000 girls aged 15-19, the Caribbean subregion is lower than the overall rate for Latin America. However, there are large variations between countries.
What are we waiting for with that?
It is expected that the legal grounds for the application of an abortion in Ecuador will be implemented in the health system, in particular the health grounds, including in this right the girls who could not in any case to be mothers, because of their age. In addition to being a call for awareness and to ask ourselves if we are really taking care of the environment in which our boys and girls live.
In Ecuador and in the countries mentioned, girls are forced to assume obligations that they cannot fulfil, they are treated as adult women, they acquire reproductive and domestic responsibilities. They are denied the right to health, education and to live free from violence. Remember that these are daughters, not mothers.