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In Costa Rica, “Women are born in a hunting ground with their legs, hands and mouth tied”

In her "foros" (forum) article published in La Nacion Thursday, February 14, 2019, professor and researcher at the University of Costa Rica (UCR), Isabel Gamboa Barboza, relates her story of the reality of being a girl and a woman in Costa Rica. In her article...

That Makes It Nine, The Women Accusing Former President Arias

The list keeps growing. Nine are now the women who have accused former Costa Rica president and Nobel Laureate, Oscar Arias, of rape and sexual harassment. In an exclusive interview with La Nacion on Thursday, Patricia Volio García, who worked as a personal trainer Arias,...

Emilia Navas On Oscar Arias: ‘It will be investigated like any other case’

Emilia Navas, Costa Rica's Attorney General (Fiscal General), said that the accusations of rape and sexual abuse against former president Oscar Arias will be investigated "like any other case." "It is a matter of a delicate type of crime and, out of respect for the...

Leonardo Garnier to women who denounced Oscar Arias: “I believe them”

Leonardo Garnier became the second former minister of an Oscar Arias government to publicly refer to the accusations against the former president of alleged sexual attacks against several women. Garnier, who was Minister of Education in the Arias administration of 2006-2010 (and in the Laura...

U.S. Political Scientist Denounces in “New York Times” A New Case of Sexual Harassment of Oscar Arias

The list of women who claim to have faced cases of sexual harassment by former president and Nobel Laureate, Oscar Arias Sanchez, continues to grow. The latest alleged victim is a US political researcher. This Sunday, Carina A. Black, 52, a political scientist at the...

Women Defenseless Against Sexual Harassment in Buses, Trains and Taxis

Q JOURNAL - Stories of women in Costa Rica being sexually harassed while riding a bus, train or in a taxi are many, but few, very few ever get past the story telling and to the hands of police and the courts, allowing the...

Once Again, Man Arrested For Unwanted Touching On A Public Bus

Q COSTA RICA - Unwanted touching is a no-no in Costa Rica. And despite the headlines of men arrested, for touching women inappropriately on a public bus, the practice continues. The latest is the detention of a man by police on Thursday night, identified by...

Young Woman Tells Of The “Hell” She Lived When Someone Posted Photos Of Her Naked

Q COSTA RICA - Ardelia Maurel is a brave young woman. Now, at 18, she posted a video telling all of the "hell" she lived when someone posted online photos of her naked. In the video, Ardelia raises her voice to support other victims. She...

March 8, International Women’s Day: Yes, We Still Need To Protest

Q COSTA RICA - Once again women around the world will take to the streets on March 8, International Women's Day in support of women's rights and gender equality around the world. While it may seem that we women should be content with the...

“Touching Without Consent” Is A Crime in Costa Rica

Q COSTA RICA - In Costa Rica, touching, without consent (Acariciar sin consentimiento in Spanish), the waist and back and any other body part of a person for the purpose of 'satisfying a pleasure' constitutes a crime of sexual abuse. That is the determination of...

Street Harassment Plagues Costa Rica Women Every Day

QCOSTARICA - Thousands of women report of being harassed in the streets of Costa Rica, the capital city of San Jose with the most number of cases, despite there is no law that sends an offender to jail. According to a study by the Defensoría...

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