On November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, hundreds of Costa Ricans marched through the streets of San Jose to protest the violence suffered by women and girls.
The march ended at the doors of the Constitutional Court, where the 12 participating associations for the protection of women asked the authorities for tougher policies against which psychological and verbal abuse against women.
As part of the activities, 42 mourning dresses were hung out in swings supported by cables on Central Avenue in San José in memory of women who died at the hands of their partners from November 2009 until October 2010. Six of those dresses were white, in memory of the six children who died during the attacks.
I would not have been aware of this beautiful and sad social installation without the generosity of my Friend Nel Cameron, who took these photos and shared them on Facebook. Just another example how social media can help any cause — anywhere — act locally, but influence globally.
Costa Rica’s 911 service reported 22,925 calls for help for domestic assault between 1 January and 22 November this year.