Posted by: Aya Thorgren | February 13, 2016

Costa Rican women are totally ignored in elections

Absolute Inequality in Municipal Elections

There are no established regulations as to how far you can go treating women in Costa Rica.

As a scandinavian woman I am chocked at the treatment that women receive in Latinamerica, it is much worse than what most first world people can even imagine.

They literally ignore them completely or are alternatively only given attention to try and fill some quote so that it doesn,t look so bad (but they are still not taken seriously).Its one thing that they will let you speak, if you are lucky they are actually listening and if they are they are likely to just take your idea and exploit it and not even do it right, your idea could be used to get into power exclusively. They insist on relating to women in that secundary secretary  or sexual position and not as the powerful being that she is.

Women are never taken in consideration in positions of power or taken seriously in their pursuit of independant work. They are consistently put aside and ignored in every decision. Meanwhile they are the ones that bring up the children and thus can absolutely NOT depend on a male population that care not about the future of the children but only to fulfill personal goals of power.

Maureen Clarke, Diputada has a lot to say about political violence against women:

Roce de alcaldes con vicealcaldesas es a muerte

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” La violencia política es de todo tipo: no le dan la palabra, si levanta la mano como que no la ven, no le hacen caso, le roban las ideas, no le ponen atención. Ellos llegan con los acuerdos negociados. ¿Dónde los negocian? En la esquina, en la cantina, en el juego, en el golf, en el fútbol; mientras las mujeres con agendas triples, de la sesión del concejo por ejemplo salen corriendo porque no pueden quedarse, incluso ponen reuniones en horarios que saben que las mujeres no pueden quedarse. ¿Qué hemos avanzado? Yo soy muy crítica en eso porque hay un doble discurso. En materia de género no debería haber banderas políticas. Hay mujeres que han muerto por la violencia política en Bolivia, en México se han dado casos de hombres que se inscriben con nombres que pueden ser de mujer o de hombre….Cómo es eso de “Señora presidenta, ¡qué linda que se ve!”, “¡Princesa…!”. ¿Acaso le va a decir eso a un hombre, que qué lindo que se ve, que se peinó? Esa es una forma de minimizarte. Cada vez va a haber más mujeres, acostúmbrense a tratar a las mujeres porque en la arena sus juegos los entienden, pero nosotras no tenemos por qué entenderlos. La cultura política tiene cambiar.”

I the last municipal elections only 34,6 % of the elite and educated voted, they got a few more votes from others after promising houses, employment and other empty promises, or  after seeing the populist ads on TV. Most alternative parties had no way to get funds to advertise their ideas. The rest of the population, the ones with clearly no representation peacefully abstained from supporting a system  and a state that was clearly made for the elite and them only by not voting. Without a doubt this reflects how little faith the Costa Rican people have in their super corrupt leaders (and the system overall) that only look for their own benefit in every decision they make with absolutely no intention in bettering things.Women have only a 16,7 % representation in important positions of power, that is even illegal.

Observadores ven fallas en elecciones

Selling a promise and then not giving the client what they promised is what in my country we call fraude.

I would like to see organizations pressure from the outside please.

Love & Light

Aya

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