Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Ladies and Jebs #3: Yoani Sanchez Portrait
Yoani Sanchez is a pretty cool lady and a super talented writer. She lives in Cuba and has a blog named "Generation Y", where she writes about the government and daily life in Cuba. Since the Cuban government controls who has access to the internet Yoani has had to go to some pretty extreme lengths to post on her blog, including posing as a tourist or emailing blog posts to friends in other countries. Because she offers a different (and sometimes less than flattering) perspective of Cuba, she has undergone a lot of persecution from the government and some of it's citizens. She was just recently allowed to leave her country to go on a speaking tour after having been denied permission to leave for the past 6 or 7 years.
She has been awarded the Maria Moors Cabot prize, the Ortega y Gasset Prize for Journalism, and "100 Most Influential People in the World” by Time magazine in 2008.
You can read a great interview with Yoani here, or read some of her writings over at the Huffington Post.