Samara, Liberia

Liberia: Women’s groups will discuss how to eradicate violence against women. You can participate too

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Translator: Arianna Hernández

Acceder Citizen Association will organize a series of meetings with women and non-binary people in Guanacaste to provide tools and education about gender violence.

Since 2015, this organization has been working in the country, coordinating workshops, political advocacy actions, support in legal processes and marches to prevent and eradicate violence and discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation and identity.

The first meeting will be held in Liberia on Friday, October 21st, Saturday, the 22nd, and Sunday, the 23rd, with talks on gender violence, sexual and reproductive rights and contraceptive methods. Participants will also reflect on their experiences of being women and non-binary people in the province’s capital.

  • Friday (Guanacaste Museum):
    • 2:00 p. m. – 3:30 p. m. Welcome
    • 4:00 p. m. – 6 p. m. Talk about gender violence and how to organize groups
  • Saturday (Guanacaste Museum):
    • 10:00 a. m. – 12:00 p. m. Talk about sexual and reproductive rights and talk about contraceptive methods
    • 3:00 p. m. – 6:00 p. m. Collages creation: Experiences of beiung women and non binary people in Liberia and Talk: “Communication to media. How to speak in public?”
  • Sunday (Hector Zuñiga Park):
    • 10:00 a. m. – 12:00 p. m. Feminist picnic

To participate, you just have to go to the activities scheduled at the Guanacaste Museum on Friday and Saturday, and at Hector Zuñiga Park on Sunday. If you have questions, you can write to the organization’s Facebook or Instagram account.

According to Acceder’s Guanacaste representative, Tatiana Pochet, the objective of the meetings is to reduce the gap in access to information and tools for those who live in rural and coastal areas compared to people from the Greater Metropolitan Area.

“Part of what we hope for is for there to be a closeness between feminist groups in national territory, which in turn will facilitate joint actions and strategic responses to gender-based violence,” she told The Voice.

In recent years, organized women’s groups in Guanacaste have emerged in response to crises of violence, the most tragic outcome of which are deaths such as femicides and transfemicides.

This year, in 2022, for example, organized groups in Samara, Tamarindo and Tilaran marched for the first time on International Women’s Day. In other communities such as Liberia and Nosara, they had already taken to the streets on other occasions to demand their rights.

The other two meetings that Acceder will organize in the province will be in two of those communities: Samara at the beginning of November and Tamarindo at the end of January in 2023.