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The United States government, through its Embassy, is supporting the program "La Jugada de sus Vidas" (the competition of your life in the English language)
to promote gender equality, violence prevention and empowering girls and women. - Illustrative photo -









Published Thursday, June 24, 2021


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


The United States government, through its Embassy, is supporting the program "La Jugada de sus Vidas" (the competition of your life in the English language) to promote gender equality, violence prevention and empowering girls and women.

The embassy developed the program in collaboration with the Saprissa Foundation to have the support of relevant female figures who can become successful references for girls and women.

This year the program will take place at five Civic Centers for Peace located in Aguas Zarcas in Alajuela Province, Garabito in Puntarenas Province, Pococí in Limón Province, Guararí in Heredia Province and La Capri in San José Province.

The empowering activities will have the participation of around 300, among teens and women, who will attend training face-to-face and virtual. The courses begin this month and run until November.

The training will discuss topics such as gender equality, prevention of violence against girls and women and strategies to reach their personal goals in a life free of violence.

According to the UN Women, the United Nations organization is dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women, where one in three women experience physical or sexual violence, mostly by an intimate partner.

Violence against women and girls is a human rights violation, and the immediate and long-term physical, sexual, and mental consequences for women and girls can be devastating, perhaps even result in death.

Violence negatively affects women’s general well-being and prevents women from fully participating in society. It impacts their families, their community, and the country at large. It has tremendous costs, from greater strains on health care to legal expenses and losses in productivity, according to the organization.

According to the World Bank 2020 report, at least 155 countries have passed laws on domestic violence, and 140 have legislation on sexual harassment in the workplace. "But challenges remain in enforcing these laws, limiting women and girls’ access to safety and justice. Not enough is done to prevent violence, and when it does occur, it often goes unpunished," UN Women said in its statement.

The U.S. government, through its embassy in Costa Rica, has been providing continuous support on issues related to improving security in the country.

Recently, the embassy inaugurated the First International Security Congress called "Sembremos Seguridad" or Let's Sow Security in the English language.

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