efe-epaBy Daniela Brik Quito

"With the pandemic, my freedom took another hit," a Bolivian mother told EFE at a women's shelter in Ecuador, the country in the region with the highest index for macho violence and where 65 of every 100 woman have suffered from it in one way or another.

Seated on the bed in a frugal room decorated with a child's drawing hanging on the wall, this woman - who we will call Alicia - in a quiet voice told how she came to this shelter.