Tuesday was a day to oppose violence against women.
In the morning there was a parade.
At the legislature, lawmaker Rolando González Ulloa declared that the patriarchal state should be combated at it roots. Youngsters should be educated so as not to repeat the errors of their fathers, he added.
Maureen Clarke Clarke, also of Liberación Nacional, said she has proposed a revision of a law that outlines punishment for violence against women. The proposal would delegate to the Instituto Nacional de Mujeres the job of creating preventative training for young men to effect cultural change.
Another lawmaker, Silvia Sánchez Venegas, outlined the 30-year legislative history during which Costa Rica adopted international conventions or passed laws itself to prevent violence toward women or sexual harassment.
However, it was Defensa de los Niños Internacional that put the problem in a social perspective in a news release. It spoke of economic dependence, poverty and even migration that expose women to risks.
Women are trapped into relationships of violence and abuse by their partner in order to feed their children, the organization said.
Lawmaker Clarke noted Tuesday that there have
been 18 women killed by their partner or ex-partner this year, up from 10 last year. There were 49 such cases in 2011, which created a public outcry for legislation. A law was passed but it ran into constitutional obstacles.