Costa Rica tops list for women’s rights in the Americas, but report warns of ‘troubles’ ahead

Zach Dyer – Tico Times – Friday, 09 August 2013 (originally published 01 Aug)

People marching and carring banners
A national protest in San José on June 25. Protesters criticized a range of issues, from the elimination of benefits for public workers to the Public Concessions Law. Others demanded the resignation of Environment Minister René Castro, as the man responsible for a failed project to build an oil refinery in the Caribbean province of Limón.

A new report on social inclusion in the Americas shows “troubling” developments in Costa Rica, according to Americas Quarterly, a publication focused on public policy in Latin America.

Despite its concerns about the rising rates of violence and the growing presence of drug trafficking in the peaceful country, AQ rated Costa Rica as the 4th most socially inclusive country in the Americas, lead by Uruguay, Chile and the United States.

The publication noted that a lack of data on the United States in several categories could have contributed to its lower ranking . . .

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