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Women holding banners with quotations such as "We are the granddaughters of the witches that you couldn't burn", or "Why do you want bright monuments in a country stained with blood?"  at the M8 march 2023 in San Josť City.

- Photos via Mariana Vega -

Costa Rica Women's Day march demands for an end to violence against women

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Published on Friday, March 8, 2024
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The "March 8" marks International Women's Day is taking place today in San Josť City to demand gender equality and an end to violence against women.

Every year on March 8, International Women's Day is commemorated to honor women's accomplishments, raise awareness about gender disparities and discrimination, as well as promote global support for women.

The action organized by several feminist groups is expected to involve hundreds of women's rights defenders and will begin at 4:30 p.m. in downtown San Josť Central Park.

The activists will walk, from the park towards the Congress facilities.

With the motto "8M For Our Right to Take Our Decisions" the protest seeks to raise awareness about the importance of respect for Human Rights for all people and the defense of the technical standard that regulates the application of therapeutic abortion in the country.

"We protest for the dignity of women with disabilities, indigenous women, Afro-descendants, lesbians, bisexuals, queer women, defenders of the environment, sex workers, women workers in precarious conditions, mothers, girls, trans and non-binary people," the organizers said in their statement.

The demonstration is led by organizations such as Not One Less, the Federation of Students of the Universities of Costa Rica, National, and Technological Universities, the Feminist Front of Costa Rica and the National Women Institute among many others.

Traffic police call on drivers to avoid crossing through San Josť city during the hours that the march is scheduled. However, officers will be located at strategic points along Central and Second Avenues to reroute drivers.

United Nations Women, the international organization for gender equality, commemorates this year's march under the theme " Invest in women: Accelerate progress."

The world is facing many crises, ranging from geopolitical conflicts to soaring poverty levels and the escalating impacts of climate change. "These challenges can only be addressed by solutions that empower women," said the organization in its statement. "By investing in women, we can spark change and speed the transition towards a healthier, safer, and more equal world for all."

According to the U.N., an additional $360 billion is needed per year to achieve gender equality. Closing gender gaps in employment could boost GDP per capita by 20 %. Expanding services with decent jobs could spark almost 300 million jobs by 2035.

What have you heard about the fight for women's rights in your country?
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