Hundreds March in Costa Rica for Social Change and Against Violence vs. Women

Carrying signs with slogans such as _We want a change,_ _Intelligence creates, violence destroys_ and _No more violence against women,_ groups from civil society and government authorities participated in a peaceful march that moved through San Jose_s main streets.

The march was led by President Solis to commemorate the National and International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

At the event, some women marched with their hands tied and almost naked to call attention to the problems some members of their sex must constantly confront.

Solis told Efe that, apart from more laws, a series of cultural changes and greater education among Costa Ricans are necessary to ensure respect for women_s rights.

_We_re talking about a cultural transformation, the laws are important because you have to change the conditions in which women work and ... coexist in a democratic society,_ he said.

The president added that an effort must be made in the schools and within families to _guarantee that the changes bring equal conditions for women and that they are lasting._

So far this year in Costa Rica, 17 women have been killed by their partners or ex-partners, according to National Women_s Institute, or Inamu, figures.

In addition, Inamu receives some 45,000 domestic violence complaints each year from women.

Solis declared the march to be in the public interest and authorized public employees to join the demonstration.

LAtin American Herald Tribune |

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