1st July 2008
The hotline has been funcioning for about 2 weeks now. It operates in the afternoons from Monday - Friday, and all day during the weekend. At least 5 women a day call for help, plus more calls come from people who are curious, journalists, and of course people against the hotline. However, the number of people only calling to be insulting are going steadily down. At first, the calls were only coming from Quito. However, with the national news coverage and actions/flyering in other cities calls are coming in from different parts of the country, such as Guayaquil and Ambato. Although much of the news coverage has been surprisingly positive, thanks to some of the negative coverage aired nationally, women around the country have seen the hotline number and have been able to recieve lifesaving information.