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16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence

As part of the international “16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence” campaign, the Embassy hosted a round-table discussion for representatives of NGOs working to improve living conditions of women in Ecuadorian society.

The participants discussed ways to promote equal rights for women and improve women’s services and participation in a wide range of initiatives. The meeting offered an opportunity for women to share their experiences, their most effective practices, and the challenges yet to be faced in the fight against gender violence. The meeting included audiences located in other cities that followed the discussions through a live virtual platform.

AIDS Memorial Quilt

The Embassy recognized World AIDS Day by hosting a display of a section of The AIDS Memorial Quilt at the departures hall of the Quito International Airport, with the cooperation of Quiport Corporation. The opening ceremony was attended by Douglas Koneff, Deputy Chief of Mission, and Andrew O’Brian, President of Quiport S.A.

According to an UNAIDS report 2013, it is estimated that 1.6 million people live with the HIV/AIDS in Latin America. Last year, the Unites States was the biggest donor to the Global Fund, an initiative that gathers governments, civil societies and private sectors around to world to fight against diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis.

Since 1987, The AIDS Memorial Quilt has been a powerful tool in educating the public against the lethal threat of AIDS, while revealing the humanity behind the statistics. The Quilt promotes dialogue and awareness about the responsibility of the international community in working towards a future free of AIDS.

The NAMES Project Foundation is the custodian of The Quilt and facilitated its exhibition in Quito.

Convention of the Ecuador Youth Ambassadors Network

The Embassy sponsored the fifth annual National Convention of Ecuador’s Youth Ambassadors Network in Manta from November 21 to 23, which was attended by 43 representatives from the cities of San Gabriel, Otavalo, Cayambe, Quito, Latacunga, Baños, Cuenca, Loja, Gualaquiza, Portoviejo, Santa Ana, Jipijapa, Babahoyo, Guayaquil, Durán, and La Libertad.

The members of the Network are students selected by the U.S. State Department’s “Youth Ambassadors” program each year. In 2010, the Network was created with the goal of developing social projects to benefit each of their individual communities.

During the meetings, the Network members participated in project design workshops, elected their board of directors, and planned volunteer activities for the next year.


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