Students have declared a ‘state of emergency’ in the Costa Rica’s higher education system following a sharp uptick in the number of reports of sexual harassment.
All four of the country’s public universities had student representatives involved in the decision.
A national priority?
Weekly national newspaper Semanario Universidad had recently published coverage of the serial harassment wrought by a law professor at the University of Costa Rica against a number of women, including his victims’ testimonies.
The Costa Rican government declared the reduction of gender-based violence to be a “national priority” in 2018, with 40 new measures introduced to tackle the issue.