On March 8, women around the globe commemorated the fight to achieve the freedom and liberties many now enjoy and the ongoing challenges facing women. The celebration brought many into the streets of their cities to march for women’s rights, and Costa Rica was no exception.
Here’s a glimpse of the march from Costa Rican photographer Roberto Delgado Webb and AFP. For Delgado Webb, it was the first time he attended a Women’s March.
“I’ve worked with women all my life. They’ve been my bosses, work partners, professors, students and now business associates. I’ve never noticed anything that justifies the lack of justice that my equals experience,” he told The Tico Times after the event. “When Daniela, my friend, said that she was making posters for the march, I had to document the effort. When I was there I was really impressed for the commitment. It’s not a joyful day. It’s a struggle. The energy was strong and it was noticeable in all of the people.”
Get a glimpse of what the march was like in San José, Costa Rica.
A young woman with a mask of presidential candidate Fabricio Alvarado marches through the streets of San Jose to mark International Women's Day on March 8, 2018.
Fabricio Alvarado, a preacher, is the candidate of the National Restoration Party, a right-wing Christian party. He emerged as the frontrunner after the first round of elections. On April 1st he faces a runoff against the ruling party candidate, Carlos Alvarado, who is no relation.
Hundreds of people gathered in downtown San José on March 8 to pacifically protest during Women's International Day. Here are lots of people marching by the Parque Central.
A woman holding a sign that reads: "Don't give me flowers. Fight with me."
A woman holds a sign reading "I also had fear, but I transformed it into courage, fight and resistance" during a march to mark the International Women's Day in San Jose on March 8, 2018.
The sign reads: "For a future where we fit. We want ourselves alive".
A young woman holding up a sign that says: "When women mutually support each other, incredible things happen".
A woman holding up a sign with a photo of the National Restoration Party (PRN)'s presidential candidate Fabricio Alvarado. The sign says: "Alert!!! Male chauvinist wants to govern you".
A woman shouting while holding a giant mouth sign that reads: "Our rights aren't touched, neither are we [touched]".
A joyful woman holds up a sign with Princess Leia that says: "The place for a woman is in the resistance".
A young woman with a mask of Carlos Alvarado, presidential candidate of Costa Rica's governing Citizen Action Party (PAC), marches through the streets of San Jose to mark International Women's Day on March 8, 2018.
In the distance a sign can be read saying: "My body. My decision. My country. My voice." On the right a flag from the Workers' Party can be seen.
A sign seen on the distance with the women's resistance symbol: a fist rising up in the air.
A mother holding up a sign that says: "I'm a mathematician. I'm a mother, daughter, sister, friend, woman. We're scientific women."
Women dressed as the characters from the TV series The Handmaid's Tale inspired by Margaret Atwood's novel, hold up a sign that reads: "Only the ones that move don't feel the chains. #NiUnaMenos #VivasNosQueremos".
Women holding up signs that read:
"For the ones that are not here. For the ones that are here. For the ones that will come" and "Neither lands nor women are territories to be conquered."
A large gathering of people during the Women's March on International Women's Day in San José, Costa Rica.