Latin America and the Caribbean
Ecuador ranks 86 out of 162 countries in the Gender Inequality Index, where a high rank equals high equality. Women should always be considered as a particularly vulnerable group though.
Ecuador has a Workplace Index score of 3.5, a Marketplace Index score of 4.1 and a Community and Environment Index score of 4.6 in the Children’s Rights and Business Atlas, where countries receive scores between 0 and 10. A score closer to 0 reflects a need for basic children’s rights due diligence, while a higher score reflects a need for enhanced or heightened due diligence. Children should always be considered as a particularly vulnerable group though.
Persons with Disabilities
Due to differences in data collection and definitions it is difficult to compare countries on disability prevalence rates. Persons with disabilities should always be considered as a particularly vulnerable group though.
Minorities and Indigenous Peoples
According to the World Directory of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples, the following minorities and indigenous peoples are present in Ecuador: Tsáchila, Chachi, Epera, Awa, Quichua, Shuar, Achuar, Shiwiar, Cofán, Siona, Secoya, Zápara, Andoa y Waorani, and Afro-Ecuadorians. According to the most recent census in 2010, 6.8 % of the population self-identify as indigenous. Yet many other estimates are considerably higher: for instance, the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador believes that indigenous peoples comprise somewhere between 25 and 30 % of the total population. Similarly, there is a large gap between the official figures for Afro-Ecuadorians (5 %) and NGO estimates (10 %).
According to the ILO Global Estimates on International Migrant Workers, migrant workers as a proportion of all workers is 1.9 % in the subregion Latin America and the Caribbean.
Persons in Armed Conflict
Ecuador ranks 86 out of 179 countries in the Fragile States Index, where a high rank equals high fragility. For monthly crisis updates, check out CrisisWatch.