Costa Rica accumulates 4,047 women attended for violence and 11 femicides


San José, Nov 25 (EFE) .- The authorities of Costa Rica count in the first ten months of 2021 at least 11 femicides and 4,047 women treated in the state health services due to acts of violence, while the calls to stop reproduce violent patterns.

Within the framework of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS) reported that data from the Epidemiological Surveillance System (SISVE) indicate that between January and October 2021 it accounted for 4,047 cases of violence against women.

“The manifestations of violence that the institution has identified are neglect and abandonment, sexual, psychological and physical abuse. 2020 closed with 4,468 cases of women treated in health services for violence, in ten months of 2021 we have 4,047 cases ”, explained the epidemiologist of the CCSS, Elenita Ramírez.

Official data show that in the first ten months of the year 1,297 women were treated in health services for sexual abuse, 884 for psychological abuse, 638 for physical abuse, 442 for neglect or abandonment, and 786 for other abuse syndromes.

On the other hand, the Observatory of Gender Violence of the Judicial Power, as of November 12, counts 58 violent deaths of women, of which at least 11 have been confirmed as femicides, 7 homicides and 40 cases are pending classification.

In 2020, there were 25 femicides in Costa Rica.

A reform to the Violence Penalty Law, which entered into force on August 23, introduces the concept of “femicide in other contexts” with penalties of up to 35 years in prison, for those cases in which the perpetrator has taken advantage of a relationship or bond of trust, friendship, kinship, authority or a power relationship that he had with the victim woman or, when the act had occurred within family relations of consanguinity or affinity up to the third degree.

This new classification could expand the number of femicides with cases that were previously classified differently.

The president of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado, regretted in a message on social networks that “one in three women has suffered some type of abuse throughout their lives,” in response to which he called for an end to sexist violence. and to “take the priorities of girls and women first.”

“Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread and devastating human rights violations in the world. Violence against women has a great economic cost, it is an obstacle to achieving equality, development, peace and the strengthening of democracy and, furthermore, it is very painful, ”said the president.

On this day dozens of women came out to protest in the streets of San José against sexist violence, for equality and for the authorities to promote actions that prevent femicides and acts of violence.

Violence against women and girls is a serious violation of human rights and the right of women to live without violence is enshrined in international agreements. Worldwide, only 40% of women seek help after suffering violence, forcing institutions to promote prevention and aid policies.

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