Region, Life & Health

“New masculinities: How to change the chip?”, a workshop to challenge our upbringing

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Translator: Arianna Hernández

On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, The Voice of Guanacaste and Efecto Boomerang are organizing the workshop “New masculinities: How to change the chip?”. It’ll be taught in Spanish. 

The workshop will be a forum for reflection in which participants will be able to build a free identity, incorporating the fight against sexism and violence as one of the basic values.

Those who participate will develop a global vision about building social, cultural and psychological  male identities and will learn about its impacts on society.

The activity is a very good opportunity for men and also women to reflect and do their part to create change,” the workshop facilitator, Fernando Araya, indicated.

The workshop will be on Tuesday, November 30 at 7 p.m. through the Zoom platform. It costs ₡14,000 (about $22) and when you register, you’ll donate a spot to a person who needs it.

The Relevance of Awareness

Women continue to be systematically abused and the majority of violent situations against them occur at the hands of men.

In Guanacaste alone, between the first semester of 2016 and the same period of 2020, the average rate of reports of some kind of crime included in the Criminalization of Violence Against Women Law (LPVcM for the Spanish acronym) was 102 reports per 10,000 women.

Given this reality, creating spaces for awareness and learning how to build just, egalitarian, democratic and equitable relationships is urgent.

To Araya, self-care represents a key element in preserving life, both for men and women. However, men usually neglect it due to a series of attitudes, ideologies and thoughts that have been built socially from the idea of ​​what it means to “be a man.”

That’s why the workshop seeks to identify the emotional cost and the consequences that traditional masculinity can cause.

Normally the most important thing for people is to invest in the mind, the body, physical health, hobbies, going out with friends or studying, and we very rarely invest in acquiring more tools for personal growth,” he added.

Beyond creating a forum for reflection, the workshop will promote attitude changes, new life practices and balanced relationships between men and women.

“Making all kinds of violence visible is the first step for change,” concluded the facilitator.

Send us a message to reserve your spot.


  • Workshop: New masculinities: How to change the chip?
  • Date: Tuesday, November 30
  • Time: 7 p.m. 
  • Format: virtual
  • Cost: ₡14,000 (about $22)
  • Facilitator: Fernando Araya
  • Organized by: The Voice of Guanacaste and Efecto Boomerang 

About the facilitator: Fernando Araya Jimenez has a degree in psychology from the University of Costa Rica. He’s an ontological coach and a specialist in masculinities with more than 10 years of experience in working with groups of men, women and mixed groups in forming new masculinities, gender equality and building more egalitarian relationships. He’s also an independent consultant on issues of gender, masculinities, sexual harassment, personal growth and human development.

About Efecto Boomerang: Efecto Boomerang is a multidisciplinary company that houses two business units: Human Development and Communication (specialized in Marketing and Digital Business) with a focus on gender, diversity, inclusion, innovation, digital transformation and human rights.