Public employees invited to march

Public employees have been given leave to march today in a demonstration against violence to women.

The event organized by the Instituto Nacional de Mujeres begins at 9 a.m. at Parque la Merced.

President Luis Guillermo Solís is participating. He said his cabinet also will march.

Public employees can be out of their offices from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. as long as there are sufficient persons to cover the work, said the president.

Solís said that today is a day to celebrate the battles that women have won to take the places that have been denied them for much of history. In Spanish the day is called Día de la No Violencia.

In another activity for the day the U.S. Embassy is sponsoring with the security ministry the showing of the documentary “Justicia para mi hermana.”

The movie, directed by Californian Kimberly Bautista, related the three-year struggle of a Guatemalan woman to bring the murder of her sister to justice. Ms. Bautista is expected to be present.

The embassy said that in the three years, the woman encountered many obstacles, including a judge who was accused of killing his own wife and witnesses who declined to testify out of fear. Eventually the boyfriend was jailed.

The audience today will be police officers.

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