Ana Maria Arenas in Costa Rica´s Southern Caribbean dedicates her best energies to voice diversity in social media

Maria Suarez Toro
Posted January 3, 2020 from Costa Rica
Fotogrametry is her latest technical achievement
She has already embraced oceanography at the local lever by learning to dive, learning community underwater archaeology and fotogrametry.

A social media activist, producer of one of the strongest collective social media venues - INFORMATE CARIBE with over 47,000 likes - provides a voice to the most diverse, multiethnic and piuricultural community in Costa Rica. A former student of history, she claims that now she is understanding what history is all about, 

She is a Costa Rican living in Puerto Viejo since 2006, she is currently a Graphic & Web Designer and photo editor. She is co funder of the WOLABA PARADE in Puerto Viejo, a cultural parade that commemorates the Afro Costa Rica Persons´and Culture Day each August 31th.

At present she is making a turn in her life to dedicate herself to the protection of the environment by becoming a climate change scholar alongside her activism in that field. She is bilingual and presently raises a 12 year old mestizo girl.

She is part of a strong grassroots network of women in her community that is challenging violence against women and girls in their community providing information and organizing marches whenever anything happens to a woman and also every 25th of November. 

"Awareness is nit enough - she once told me - we have to let women and girls know that they are not alone and will be supported if they speak out."

Strengthening diversity in the Southern Caribbean is a process that has to deal with the protection of land and cultural rights of original dwellers against types of tourism development that would exclude them of the natural and cultural resources that their ancestros left them.

https://www.facebook.com/informatecaribe/videos/675736929258085/

This story was submitted in response to #SpiritAwards.

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Jill Langhus
Jan 04
Jan 04

Hi Maria,

Ana and her work sound great, too! Thanks for sharing your article about her. I'm following her FB page, too, now. Perhaps some of these women that you're writing about would like to join World Pulse, too? We would love to have them here and to share their work and experiences, too.

Maria Suarez Toro
Jan 04
Jan 04

I work with all three of them because we are part of the sane community and even youth projects. I am proposing all three of them for SPIRIT Award in order to motivate them to start writing internAtionally about our community. I myself am an old timer in international media and I was even there with the women who started and supported World Pulse a few decades ago. I was the cofounder and codirector of FIRE Feminist International
Radio
Endeavour in
Short wave radio first and then the first internet radio station. Now, for grassroots women to decide to join a global network they have to be motivated, not only have the channel. That is why I like the way you are motivating. I cannot tell you the NEWS all of these women Re about to put out next week, but it is going to add an important chapter in the history of the global slave trade and it is going to change our history. Stay posted!

Jill Langhus
Jan 04
Jan 04

Hi Maria:-)

Oh, wow! Are they World Pulse members, though, dear? They need to be World Pulse members in order to be eligible for the Spirit Award. If you have links to their World Pulse profiles, please include them in each, award post so they can be eligible, and also let us know what category you would like them nominated for. There are: Encourager, Ambassador and Sisterhood.

Wow! That's great, and amazing... go you!

Looking forward to hearing more about it.

Lisbeth
Jan 04
Jan 04

Hi Maria,
How are you? These are very hard working women.
With Jill's suggestions I think they could. I hope they will join us in world pulse in the music.
Have a great weekend.
Lizzy

Maria Suarez Toro
Jan 04
Jan 04

Yes, great! Come to dive whenever you want. We are having Diving With a Purpose (DWP) Afro American delegation in May

Lisbeth
Jan 04
Jan 04

Haha :-).
I have heard you.
Good Sunday to you.

Anita Shrestha
Jan 05
Jan 05

Thank you for sharing this amazing story. Keep it continue

Hannah B
Jan 05
Jan 05

Thank you for sharing this nomination! Please share the link to their World Pulse profile in order to be considered for an award.
Kind regards,
Hannah

Marianita Harvey
Jan 06
Jan 06

Mucha suerte en esta postulación, fuerza.

Maria Suarez Toro
Jan 06
Jan 06

Gracias, todas ellas hacen un trabajo que usted, desde la Universidad de Costa Rica, ha apoyado, acompañado y potenciado. Con usted, ya hemos ganado el mejor premio!

Hello, Maria,

Wow, Costa Rice is lucky to have Ana Maria as someone who strengthens diversity and is protective of the environment. This world needs more people like here. I love what she said, "Awareness is not enough - she once told me - we have to let women and girls know that they are not alone and will be supported if they speak out." This is spoken like a World Pulse sister all right!

Thank you for sharing this with us!