By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
Tuesday was a day to oppose violence against women.
In the morning there was a parade.
At the legislature, lawmaker Rolando González Ulloa declared
that the patriarchal state should be combated at it roots. Youngsters
should be educated so as not to repeat the errors of their fathers, he
Maureen Clarke Clarke, also of Liberación Nacional, said she has
proposed a revision of a law that outlines punishment for violence
against women. The proposal would delegate to the Instituto Nacional de
Mujeres the job of creating preventative training for young men to
effect cultural change.
Another lawmaker, Silvia Sánchez Venegas, outlined the 30-year
legislative history during which Costa Rica adopted international
conventions or passed laws itself to prevent violence toward women or
However, it was Defensa de los Niños Internacional that
put the problem in a social perspective in a news release. It spoke of
economic dependence, poverty and even migration that expose women to
Women are trapped into relationships of violence and abuse by their
partner in order to feed their children, the organization said.
Lawmaker Clarke noted Tuesday that there have
Casa Presdiencial photo
This marcher Tuesday
morning does not want piropos
or unrequested flattery. The sign says she wants respect.
been 18 women
killed by their partner or ex-partner this year, up from 10 last
year. There were 49 such
in 2011, which created a public outcry for legislation. A law was
passed but it ran into constitutional obstacles.