Women not numbers

Women not numbers

Our second monthly edition explored issues related to the life and death of women in Costa Rica: from the country’s struggle to overcome its last hurdles in infant and maternal mortality, to the faces of teenage pregnancy, to a three-part series on femicide.

February 2021.

How to create a global circle of moms — in just...

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A woman with Mother's Day Boxes in Bijagua, Costa Rica
Everything has changed this year. My husband and I run a tourism business, Casitas Tenorio B&B, in rural northern Costa Rica. At the start of...

One day we took each other’s hand. We never let go

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Have you ever had that feeling of enormous pressure on your heart, but somehow it feels nice? That's what I feel when I see...

Poem from the road: For Lara

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  There are thousands of women I admire. I admit that many leave a strong impression on me, even if I've never met them. But...

When birth and death come face to face

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Costa Rica should remember the year 2015 with joy. That year, the country reported its lowest infant mortality of the decade. For every 1,000...

My grandmother and the sea

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  My grandmother named me, and from that moment she welcomed me as a daughter. When the fog came to her mind, I became the caretaker...

Women from Guaitil find ways to preserve their art

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Under the shadow of a roof that shelters her from the typical heat of the northwestern province of Guanacaste, Melesia Villafuerte, a 57-year-old artisan,...

A funeral by the sea

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The men heaved the concrete blocks, placing them around the body of Heisel Badilla Barrias, lying in a plush-covered coffin. They mixed cement in...

Woman, jaguar, Labrador: one biologist’s path to conservation

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Who would not like to see a jaguar in its habitat? We'd all like to, right? Stephanny knows the feeling. She's dedicated more than a...

The faces of teenage pregnancy

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"Before I had Gresley, I was so eager to meet her. What would she be like? Who would she be? How would she turn...

Femicides can’t be predicted, but they can be prevented

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During the last two years, Costa Rica buried 35 victims of femicide: 16 in 2019, and 19 in 2020. Those 35 cases occurred in...

Eyleen Vargas: The female power of Costa Rican canyoning

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Here in the year 2021, we might think that all roads have been traveled, but they haven't. Some claim to be exploring parts of...

Sexual harassment and the University of Costa Rica

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We couldn't close out our February edition, focused on some of the most serious issues that affect the life and death of women in...

Our daughters and the poisoned apple

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“I want to disappear,” my daughter said. “What?” My hand, resting on her shoulder, tightened its grip instinctively to match the squeeze of my heart. “It’s...

Eva is the seed

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Eva Morera Ulloa died at the age of 19. She was murdered by her ex-partner and the father of her son, who was then...

In the shadows, a dazzling light

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The birth of your child gives your life an arc. In fact: pregnancy. From the first strange soreness, sudden nausea, you begin to measure...