Tourism Security Commission of Costa Rica begins the year with a session
The Minister of Women, the Minister of Tourism and the Director of the Public Force were present
In its first session of the year, the National Tourism Security Commission (CONSETUR), received this Wednesday the Minister of the Status of Women, Marcela Guerrero, the Minister of Tourism, Gustavo Alvarado and the director of the Public Force Daniel Calderón to talk about the security of Puerto Viejo, Limón and the most recent case of assault against a woman in that area.
The session that began at 8.30 am and ended at 1 pm was held at the Costa Rican Tourism Institute with the participation of representatives of the Judicial Investigation Agency, the Public Ministry, the National Chamber of Tourism, the Embassy of the United States of North America, ICT and Public Force, and addressed the issue of irregular transportation of people in the canton of Talamanca, the lighting of trails, the need to strengthen communication and the training of the Sofía Network as a mechanism to promote equality gender issues in the Costa Rican tourism industry and preventing violence against women.
"This morning I met with the Minister of Tourism and I have placed myself at the orders of CONSETUR in order to join it and follow up on the actions that we must urgently carry out in matters of security for the women of the canton of Talamanca" said Minister Guerrero. “These actions, once implemented in the area, we plan to extend them to other regions of the country. Verbally, I requested the incorporation of personnel specialized in sexual crimes from INAMU to CONSETUR ”, added the head of the National Institute of Women.
Gustavo Alvarado, Minister of Tourism, categorically rejected any aggression against women, whether national or foreign, and emphasized that security is an issue of central importance for a country whose economy depends largely on tourism.
"CONSETUR is an inter-institutional group because we understand that addressing and finding solutions to the problem of insecurity is the responsibility of different government and civil society actors," said Alvarado, who supports the idea of joining INAMU as a new member.
INAMU has already worked with CONSETUR in the development of a Guide to Good Practices for Women's Safety, a material that is used to train tourism companies within the framework of the agreement signed between INAMU and ICT for the creation of the Sofía Network. , the first badge with a gender focus in the tourism industry that was launched on June 16.
"The effort made by CONSETUR is very valuable to improve the security of our tourist destinations," said Commissioner Daniel Calderón, director of the Public Force. "The objective of today's meeting was to plan a specific action to address the problems of the Caribbean and extend this work to other areas of the country, thinking that operational actions require coordinated and joint efforts in which we expect CONSETUR to assume a leadership role" added.
Among the agreements reached this Wednesday, CONSETUR will seek the support of the CTP to attend to the irregular transport of people in the canton of Talamanca.