Women in Costa Rica demand progress in gender equality measures

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Women's organizations demanded this Friday that the presidential candidates of Costa Rica advance in proposals for gender equality and participation, as well as urgent measures against sexist violence.

For this, the Women's Forum organization, the state National Women's Institute (Inamu) and the United Nations office in Costa Rica presented the "Costa Rica 2022 Women's Rights Agenda", built with the contributions of women and Civil society organizations.

"Facing the 2022 electoral process, and to move towards full, equal, democratic participation, free of violence for women, this agenda becomes a beacon that indicates urgent actions in terms of equality", highlighted the Minister of the Condition of Women and president of Inamu, Marcela Guerrero, cites the EFE news agency.

On the agenda, they point out that discriminatory behavior still exists, which could limit the effective participation of women in the political arena and in decision-making spaces at all levels.

Promoting women in the country's economy, employment, access to credit, among others, are part of the proposals presented by social organizations.

Regarding sexist and political violence, the agenda proposes actions to raise awareness among the entities in charge of the issue and increase resources to prevent and deal with the scourge.

The UN resident coordinator in Costa Rica, Allegra Baiocchi, highlighted the joint effort to develop this agenda that aims to contribute to the strengthening of women's rights and their political participation.

Of the 25 presidential candidates who will participate in the elections on February 6, only five attended the presentation of this agenda and three sent representatives, according to the UN office.



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