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.
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.
These are the details of the marches:
- Time: 5:00 p.m.
- Starting point: center of Samara
- More information: Samara Empowered Collective
- Time: 4:30 p.m.
- Starting point: 5 corners (bus stop)
- More information: United Women of Nosara
- Time: 3:30 p.m.
- Starting point: Sunrise Mall
- More information: Tamarindo Women’s Collective
Liberia (two marches)
- Time: 4:00 p.m.
- Starting point: Hector Zuñiga Rovira Park (El Pulmon)
- More information: Independent Feminists of Liberia
- *Inclusive space for trans women
- Time: 4:30 p.m.
- Starting point: Courts of Justice
- More information: Women of Free Land
- Time: 6:00 p.m.
- Starting point: Acoustic shell of Domingo Flaque Montull Park
- More information: 8736-9717