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Costa Rica Bolsters Programs to Prevent Violence Against Women

LADB Article ID: 80184
Category/Department: Costa Rica
Date: 2017-01-19
By: George Rodríguez

Domestic violence is an environment where there is an abusive exercise of power targeted at women, ranging from basic control––what women do, how they dress, whom they relate with––to extreme aggression or femicide, said Alejandra Mora, president of Costa Rica’s Instituto Nacional de las Mujeres (Women’s National Institute, INAMU). Twenty-two femicides were recorded in Costa Rica last year––five fewer than in 2015 and the same number as in 2014––or an average of two such murders per month.Mora, who also heads the Ministerio de la Condición de la Mujer (Women’s Status Ministry), told the Latin America Data Base (LADB) that solving the problem has to involve society as a whole, not just institutions such as INAMU or the Security and Justice ministries.In Costa Rica, where authorities are concerned about a rising trend in the general homicide rate, the gender violence issue is addressed through a variety of initiatives, which include not only women and children, but men as well. Local governments, as well as communities and families, should realize that protecting women’s lives is a shared responsibility, Mora said.

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