In order to break the cycle of poverty at the local level and enhance the economic autonomy of women so that they can improve their living conditions, through a territorial approach and through solutions based on nature; The Government and the United Nations today presented a new Joint Program that will execute around ₡ 1,200 million colones over a period of two years.
The initiative called the Joint Program: Strengthening the Bridge to Development Strategy, aims to break the cycle of poverty at the local level, with a gender and environmental perspective. The actions aim to strengthen the capacities and coordination of the entities of the social protection system, with an emphasis on the components of well-being, agriculture and work of the Bridge to Development Strategy, in addition to accelerating the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals ( SDG) that Costa Rica must achieve by 2030.
"The health crisis that we are experiencing affects in a marked way women and more to those who are in a condition of poverty, we are clear that there will be no reactivation or sustainable solution that does not have the face of a woman. United Nations support is critical for advancing gender equality and unlocking the potential of women in rural and coastal cantons to guarantee their right to full socio-economic integration and thereby move the country faster towards the fulfillment of the Agenda 2030 ”, stated Juan Luis Bermúdez Madriz, Minister of Human Development and Social Inclusion and Executive President of IMAS.
For her part Alice Shackelford, UN Resident Coordinator in Costa Rica stressed that “we are initiating the Decade of Action to comply with the SDGs and Costa Rica is reaffirming its commitment to work with rural women, who have long been excluded from opportunities for full and sustainable development. The United Nations will work shoulder to shoulder with the Government and the entire country to comply with the 2030 Agenda and thus NOT LEAVE ANYONE BEHIND. "