Media capacity as a source of empowerment

By: Keydi Bent

During the second day of the meeting of the XV Conference of African Central American Youth and diaspora, ONECA, organized by URACCAN, in its Bluefields venue, there was the presentation of salvadoran Gustavo Martínez, of the Native Blue Association, on "Communication and education as tools for social change".

Martinez began by commenting that the media has the ability to make anyone the best or the worst, "some say it's the fourth power and some the second because of their ability," he said. Similarly, it stated that it was necessary for the media to begin to present the different realities of young black people from multiple countries (Hondura, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama, Nicaragua and the Diaspora in the US). To set precedents and job strategies where results are seen through education and new technologies, to also help generate or promote leadership within different Afro-descendant organizations.

Identifying strengths and opportunities

Communication"We must identify the opportunities, weaknesses and challenges of different organizations, because not all of us have the same opportunities, so that we can make a small diagnosis and know how our context is, like this our reality and how to establish a route and a communication strategy that allows to involve everyone in a single line where everyone in their diversity and different realities can contribute to this path of construction" Martinez added.

Finally, the Salvadoran called for collectivity and to form spaces and practices where the experiences of each territory can be shared but also as this is impacting at the Central American level "and influencing agencies in decision-makers, spreading the problems of Afro-descendant peoples is a work of the media to be able to channel in some way and profit from making visible the other side that is not told by the other side that is not told by the traditional media, it is also important to really promote what is lived from communities, from our organizations from our voices," he concluded.