Human Rights

The Voice of Guanacaste Wins National Award for Gender Equality

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The Voice of Guanacaste won the 2018-2020 Ángela Acuña Braun National Award for Gender Equality awarded by the National Institute for Women (INAMU).

This newspaper submitted a series of news articles about the rights of women in Guanacaste. Among them are:

Rate of Violence Against Guanacastecan Women is 38% Higher than the Rest of the Country

Every Job Is a Woman’s Job

María Magdalena: The Story of Attempted Femicide 

Working Mothers who Break the Mold

According to INAMU, the award winning articles are a “high-quality production sensitive journalism committed to gender equality and the promotion of the rights of women in the country.”

The newspaper will accept the award on December 10, international human rights day.

“This award is a sign that, as a hyperlocal newspaper, we are doing good work and that gender inequality in the province and its impact on the lives of Guanacastecan women and their families doesn’t go unnoticed,” said Emiliana García, executive director the The Voice of Guanacaste.

“With these stories and others yet to come, we shed light on the discrimination that many women in Guanacaste suffer daily just because they are women. We denounce the high rate of domestic violence and we show how a patriarchal society distances women from classrooms and job opportunities.”

Other Awards

This isn’t the first time that The Voice of Guanacaste has been recognized for its journalism.

In August, our story The Secret Files of Papagayo was chosen as the only finalist from Costa Rica for the excellence in journalism award from the Inter-American Press Association, which choses and recognizes the best stories of the continent every year.

In August 2017, our newspaper took second place in social innovation category at the Viva Schmidheiny Awards. This award is granted to social entrepreneurs who have a visible impact in the region.

In November last year, the Costa Rican-American Chamber of Commerce gave an honorable mention to the best news story about corporate social responsibility. “Guanacaste’s Forgotten Trash”  was written in partnership with journalism program Punto y Aparte.

In February 2017, our investigation Can the Solis Government Quench Guanacaste’s Thirst won Telefónica’s Etecom Latin America award, which has been given out to students in the region for six years.

In 2016, AmCham also awarded an investigation by The Voice of Guanacaste and The Tico Times that showed how a large part of water licenses along the Tempisque River didn’t have environmental impact studies.

Costa Rica’s Professional Association of Journalists also recognized in 2016 its  “valuable contribution to society for presenting the information in a different, original and impactful way.”