Guanacastecan women from Samara, Tamarindo and Tilaran will march for the first time on International Women’s Day

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Translator: Arianna Hernández

At least five communities in the province will march and have activities to commemorate International Women’s Day next Tuesday, March 8: Samara, Nosara, Tamarindo, Liberia and Tilaran.

More and more women’s groups are being organized in rural communities in Guanacaste and throughout the country. They aim to decentralize the places to celebrate the fight for equality and raise their voices against acts of violence and injustice.

Several women expressed this desire during the discussion “No solo en Chepe marchamos” “We don’t just march in San Jose), organized by the Acceder Citizen Association. Activists from seven communities in the country participated in it, including Nosara, Samara, Liberia and Tamarindo.

The women who live in coastal areas spoke about repeated acts of sexual violence in tourist communities and the guides published by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) that recommend that women be careful about the way they dress.

The activists also highlighted the need to include diverse groups, such as women, transgender, disabled and rural groups.

“From the [Samara Empowered] collective, we have to continue working with fellow women, neighbors from the towns. We have to open those forums for dialogue to listen a little more to what they talk about and manifest,” said Lucia Malich, from Samara.

One of the organizers of the march in Nosara, Vicky Depauli, mentioned to The Voice the need for greater attention from authorities. “Little or no presence of government agencies puts us women in rural and coastal areas in a situation of vulnerability,” added Depauli.

In January, the Samara women’s collective marched against the Good Practices in Tourism Operations guides published by the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT). The guides recommended that women watch the way they dress and interact with other people. Photo:Sámara Empoderada

Marches in the Province

For some communities like Samara and Tilaran, this March 8 will be their first march.

In Tilaran, for example, the activity was organized as a result of the femicide of Maria Fernanda Quesada, from Tilaran, in Huacas of Santa Cruz.

“We are a group of women from Tilaran who are very outraged by the femicide of our sister, Fernanda,” said Jimena Murillo, one of the participants.

For women from communities like Liberia and Nosara, this is the second year they have used the day to raise their voices.

Follow The Voice of Guanacaste’s team coverage on March 8 from the communities of Guanacaste on our Instagram and Twitter.

These are the details of the marches:




Liberia (two marches)


  • Time: 6:00 p.m.
  • Starting point: Acoustic shell of Domingo Flaque Montull Park
  • More information: 8736-9717