Being LatinaSmart is about expressing yourself and being couragous. Today, we’re spreading the word on a smart Latina who’s using the blogosphere and social media to express herself and her fellow Cubans. I hope her story will inspire you to use your blog to bring Yoani to the BlogHer 2011 conference, this summer.
Here’s the story:
Imagine living in a country that denies their citizens access to the internet. Imagine having a million truths to share about your country with the world, and the courage to circumvent censorship at all cost. That is the case of Yoani Sanchez, an award winning cyber journalist, internationally known for her critical portrayal of life in Cuba, via her popular blog Generación Y.
Blogging, under those circumstances can get complicated. For Yoani, this is what it takes to publish a blog entry: First, she shares her blog entries via phone, email or text message to friends outside Cuba, who then upload the post to her blog. The post is then translated in 17 languages by a group of volunteers. The entire process is a collective effort of individuals who are connected by their unrelenting commitment to freedom of speech and human rights. Amazing, isn’t it?
Yoani Sanchez: A Courageous Woman
Yoani Sanchez has received numerous international awards for her courage and determination to empower her fellow Cubans to express themselves using technology. Among these awards is the International Women of Courage Award, by the U.S. Department of State.
More recently, Yoani Sanchez was awarded the International BlogHer Activist Award and invited to attend the BlogHer 2011 conference in San Diego, to receive her award and speak at the conference. But despite her numerous requests for permission to visit the United States, her request is being denied by the current government.
Let’s Blog Yoani to BlogHer11: Use Your Blog
Ana Roca-Castro, founder of LATISM (Latinos in Social Media), is asking all bloggers to unite our voices and “blog Yoani to BlogHer11.” We are fortunate to have the freedom of speech that allows us to express ourselves and empower others. I’m exercising my freedom of speech by sharing this story and asking you to do the same.
If you want to learn more about Yoani Sanchez, visit her blog: Generación Y.