Costa Rica Gender Equality

Costa Rica | Advances in Gender Equity Initiatives

Costa Rica | Advances in Gender Equity Initiatives


INAMU is the leading organization working to ensure women’s rights, including their autonomy, inclusion, empowerment, and preventing gender-based violence in Costa Rica. It collaborates with the Costa Rican government and civil society.

In Costa Rica, INAMU aims to foster socio-cultural transformation towards a fair and egalitarian society within the context of women’s human rights. Furthermore, it works to advance cultural shifts toward gender equality and the protection of women’s human rights in all their variations.

INAMU-led initiatives to empower women in all sectors of Costa Rican society

Costa Rican Women and Work

Gender Perspectives in the Workplace | Costa Rica seeks to Close the Gender Gap at Work

Costa Rica invites companies to sign up for a virtual course: Introduction to Gender Perspective and Its Implications in the Workplace.

“If your company or organization is interested in closing gender gaps in employment, enroll it in the course: Introduction to Gender Perspective and Its Implications in the Workplace, offered by the Gender Equality and Equity Program in the workplace,” announced INAMU.



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Costa Rica | Empowering companies and organizations through trainings to cultivate inclusivity

Exploring Gender Perspective and Its Implications in the Workplace: A Virtual Course

Recognizing this necessity of cultivating a workplace environment of equality and inclusivity, Costa Rica’s National Institute for Women (INAMU) presents an extensive virtual course titled “Introduction to Gender Perspective and Its Implications in the Workplace,” a cornerstone of the Gender Equality in Employment Strategy.

Course Overview

This virtual course consists of six sessions, each spanning four hours, totaling 24 hours of comprehensive instruction.

Taking place from March 15th to April 26th, 2024, every Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., the sessions are conducted virtually.

Developed and delivered collaboratively by INAMU and esteemed partners such as the United Nations Development Program, Boomerang Company, Business Alliance for Development (AED), and Gender Parity Initiative (IPG), the course is overseen by INAMU’s Gender Equality in Employment Strategy.

Intended Audience

Geared towards representatives from both private and public organizations with a keen interest in implementing initiatives for the Recognition System of Good Labor Practices in Gender Equality and the certification process of INTE-G:38-2021 Standards (thus obtaining INAMU’s Gender Equality Seal), this course equips participants with practical tools for immediate application in real-world scenarios.

The course encourages critical analysis of labor realities through an intersectional gender lens, fostering awareness of inequalities and disparities resulting from patriarchal structures. It familiarizes participants with national legislation and international norms governing labor and advocating for women’s labor rights.

Additionally, it offers insights into identifying and implementing affirmative actions for gender equality, thereby bridging the gap between men and women in the workplace.

Course Structure

Structured around seventeen thematic areas, the course covers fundamental concepts, gender disparities in employment, gender mainstreaming, legislative frameworks, affirmative actions, organizational policies, and societal roles, among others.

Employing a dynamic approach, the course features initial assessments, expert presentations, self-assessments, practical exercises, and discussions on successful case studies.

An online platform supplements learning materials, including presentations, guides, and additional resources. Moreover, post-course completion, supplementary webinars delve into pertinent topics, enriching participants’ understanding and engagement.




The virtual course serves as a pivotal platform for organizations to deepen their comprehension of gender perspectives and drive meaningful change towards workplace gender equality.




By equipping participants with theoretical insights, practical tools, and actionable strategies, the course empowers them to advocate for inclusivity and diversity, thereby fostering a more equitable and prosperous workforce for all.

Virtual Course Syllabi



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Costa Rican Women and Business

National Program for Women Entrepreneurs: “Woman and Business”

“We share the list of all the selected participants in the National Program for Women Entrepreneurs: “Woman and Business” 2024,” Instituto Nacional de las Mujeres.

This program is a collaboration between the Ministry of Economy, Industry, and Commerce (MEIC), the National Institute of Learning (INA), and INAMU. It aims to promote the development of entrepreneurial skills among women.




List of Selected Participants


Enhancing Skills: Empowering Women Entrepreneurs is a program designed to strengthen various skills in women entrepreneurs, enhancing their businesses and economic autonomy.

Program Objectives

  • Increase competencies for women to develop sustainable and competitive businesses with a gender and market focus through entrepreneurial support (advisory and training), based on the development of both soft and hard skills.
  • Facilitate financial inclusion by connecting women who are developing businesses with greater potential and who are graduates of the NPWE with various financial instruments offered by the national entrepreneurship ecosystem.


Costa Rica | Reducing Sexual Harassment in Public Transit

Certification of Drivers for Addressing Sexual Harassment.

On February 16th, the INA (Instituto Nacional de Apredizaje) in La Uruca, held a certification session for drivers on the Action Protocol for addressing situations of sexual harassment.

The event is part of unveiling updates to the procedure for operating public transport buses by INA. It specifically emphasizes the protocol for addressing sexual harassment situations.





Costa Rica | Protecting Women in Situations of Violence across the Country

29 Violet Points

In Costa Rica, there are 29 Violet Points where women can seek assistance if they are victims of gender violence, harassment, or sexual harassment.

Since last September, the Centers for Assistance and Support in complaint processes, known as Violet Points, have been operational.





The services offered by the Violet Points include:

  • Attention, information, and guidance to women victims of violence, particularly harassment and sexual harassment, regarding their rights and courses of action in different locations and jurisdictions.
  • Psychological first aid for women victimized by any type of harassment and sexual harassment.
  • Referrals for the assistance of women victims of violence.
  • Legal advice and representation for harassment and sexual harassment processes in all regions of the country when applicable.

There are 29 Violet Points available in the country, open from Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. The services provided there are free and available to all women.





Costa Rica | Collaborations with Central American Ministers in charge of Women’s Affairs

On February 14th, Minister Cindy Quesada Hernández, Minister of Women’s Affairs, participated in the LIX Meeting of COMMCA Ministers, held in Honduras.

On this occasion, ministers from the region gathered to formalize the transfer of the Pro Tempore Presidency of COMMCA from El Salvador to Honduras.

The meeting was an opportunity to review and approve the work plan proposed by the Minister of Honduras for the first semester of the year, as well as to receive the compliance report from the outgoing Pro Tempore President of El Salvador.

Additionally, the meeting served to review the Sectoral Equality Plans 2024-2026 of the axes of the Regional Policy on Gender Equality and Equity of SICA (PRIEG/SICA); to present and approve the COMMCA budget for 2024, and to introduce the monitoring and evaluation system designed by the Japanese Cooperation JICA to COMMCA.



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Costa Rican Women and Politics

Gender Gap in City Councilor Positions

For the first time in Costa Rica’s history, 49% of the total elected city councilor positions nationwide will be led by women.

The municipal elections of 2024 stand out for this progress and for gender parity norms in the candidacies. Costa Rica continues working for equality in local government.


Women Are Also Active Protagonists in the Political Arena

“Costa Rica requires more than the historical commitment of women to strengthen our democracy. Society as a whole needs to take on the commitments made at the national and international levels,” INAMU.



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“Opinion leaders, the press, analysts, educators, and political parties all play a leading role in this. They must all be consistent in their important role against discrimination in practice and promote cultural and political changes towards gender-balanced democracy,” declared the institution.

On Women’s Political Roles-Official Statement

“We cannot be indifferent to voices that persist in delegitimizing women’s political participation and the importance of gender parity. Justifying that meeting parity constitutes an explanation for their “overwhelming defeat” in municipal elections is equivalent to naturalizing discrimination against women that has historically persisted in political participation, leading to manifestations of violence against women in politics.

We draw attention to the persistence of intolerant thoughts and the significant challenge that political party leaders have in educating and re-educating their members and the community about election parity as a tool to strengthen and live democracy.

The type of comments that seek to discourage women’s political participation cannot go unnoticed; on the contrary, we emphatically reject them and point them out as attempts to hinder women’s significant efforts to advance human rights, democracy, and justice.

We reiterate our congratulations to the 22 elected female mayors, to all vice-mayors, to the intendants, deputy intendants, and to each and every one who achieved a municipal position.

We recognize the courage of all those who participated. Both the Minister of Women’s Affairs, the Executive President of INAMU, and their technical team reiterate our commitment to promoting, defending, and enabling the enjoyment of women’s political rights, always free from all forms of discrimination and violence based on gender. We will continue to be vigilant and raise our voice in their defense,” INAMU.

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