Centro Ecuatoriano para la Promoción y Acción de la Mujer (CEPAM)
Based in Guayaquil, CEPAM uses innovative methods to prevent gender-based violence and promote sexual and reproductive health and rights in Ecuador. It carries out its mission though school and community-based initiatives led by peer educators who inform young people about their sexual and reproductive health and rights. It promotes youth-friendly approaches to service provisions and trains health care professionals to best respond to young people’s sexual and reproductive health needs. In 2013, CEPAM provided more than 175,000 services.
CEPAM operates a youth center (called “Casitas”) in one of Guayaquil’s poorest neighborhoods, where the teen pregnancy rate is nearly one in two. At Casitas, young people can receive counseling, health services, and contraceptives. CEPAM promotes youth-friendly approaches in its service provision and trains other health care professionals to adequately respond to young people’s sexual and reproductive health needs.
CEPAM also works to address sexual violence in schools. Its youth-centered program includes self-reflection and group discussions that include an analysis of gender roles, intimate partner violence, and sexual and reproductive rights.
CEPAM is one of the few institutions in Ecuador that works to prevent gender-based violence. It provides counseling and legal assistance to victims, and sensitizes health care and legal professionals to the needs of survivors. CEPAM offers technical assistance to government clinics that are dedicated to the prevention of gender-based violence and the support of its victims. CEPAM has been nationally recognized for its quality of care.
Centro Ecuatoriano para la Promoción y Acción de la Mujer
Francisco Robles y tercer Callejón 44
P: (593-4) 244-7347