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Sonia Segura

Advisor To the Guatemala Country Chapter

Women's Democracy Network

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Women's Democracy Network

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The Women's Democracy Network (WDN) was established in March 2006 in response to a growing interest for networking and training among women in countries that had recently transitioned to democracy. The Network's inaugural conference, which coincided with Inter...more

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Sonia Segura, Guatemala | Women's Democracy Network

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Sonia Segura, Guatemala
Congresswoman Sonia Segura from Guatemala is an active proponent for women's rights in her traditionally patriarchal society. Segura has committed herself to combat challenges facing women in Guatemala which prevent them from political participation, including their lack of self esteem and poverty which often precludes women from travel to trainings or political events. Segura is one of only 20 female members of the unicameral congress in Guatemala. These women have formed an effective coalition which has been able to pass human rights legislation, including a landmark law making violence against women a crime; a law against the harassment of children; and legislation addressing child labor regulations. The coalition recently drafted legislation to introduce a quota system in the Guatemalan government to ensure that women have an opportunity to govern; currently, there are no female court justices or cabinet members in Guatemala, and women make up only 12 percent of congress. The draft legislation is a contentious issue and if it becomes law the advocates will have once again demonstrated their ability to create and manage coalitions. A former social worker, Segura was widowed at age 26 with two small children when her husband was killed during Guatemala's civil war and relocated temporarily to Mexico where she first became engaged with women's issues. These experiences led to her current passions of women's empowerment and migrants' issues. Segura also serves as an advisor to the Women's Democracy Network's (WDN) Guatemala country chapter. She recently worked with WDN to share her experiences as a legislator with the newly elected female members of the Sudanese Southern Legislative Assembly (SSLA). Similar to Guatemala, the Government of Southern Sudan had been historically dominated by men. A quota system, implemented during the 2010 general elections, helped raise representation of women in the SSLA to more than 25 percent. However, many of the women will be taking office for the first time and will be unfamiliar with parliamentary procedure and face challenges to succeed as legislators. They will also face challenges in passing and implementing gender-sensitive legislation that seeks to improve the lives of women in Southern Sudan. During an August 2010 conference held in Juba, Sudan, Segura addressed the more than 120 participants via video, encouraging the women and reminding them that "Even though the distance separates us, there are a lot of things that join us.


Women's Leadership Schools: Inspiring a New Generation of Leaders | Women's Democracy Network

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In Guatemala, chapter members Karina Flores, Matilde Terraza, Patricia China and Sonia Segura reached the women through the WLS in Cobán, Guatemala City, Panajachel and Quetzaltenango.


Women’s Leadership Schools: Inspiring a New Generation of Leaders | Women's Democracy Network

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In Guatemala, chapter members Karina Flores, Matilde Terraza, Patricia China and Sonia Segura reached the women through the WLS in Cobán, Guatemala City, Panajachel and Quetzaltenango.


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Participants received a special video address by the Honorable Sonia Segura, a Member of Congress in Guatemala, who shared her experiences as a women legislator in a post-civil war society.


Women from Bangladesh, Cameroon, Georgia and Guatemala Take Steps to Close the Gender Gap during Leadership Schools | Women's Democracy Network

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Sonia Segura and Patricia Chin served as program managers for the second WLS in Cobán, Guatemala.
Segura, an elected member of the Central American Parliament, also served as the guest speaker, sharing information about her current role and her previous experience as a congresswoman. Segura was widowed during her country's civil war, and the experience has led her to work to secure women's rights to property, equal wages and fight violence against women.


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