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Launched in 2009, the Guatemala Country Chapter empowers aspiring women leaders through the exchange of best practices and capacity-building activities to ultimately shape the future of their nation’s political framework.
Prior to the 2011 elections, the Chapter trained women throughout the country to compete as candidates on communications and fundraising strategies. In addition, the Chapter was asked by the Supreme Election Commission to serve as election observers to ensure the transparency of the electoral process. This request reflected the respect the Chapter has earned and their growing role in the country’s political development. The Chapter also launched a get-out-the-vote campaign to educate women about the importance of voting in the 2011 elections. The campaign, Because It Counts, included public events, media outreach and a social media drive, including a videocreated by the Chapter.
In 2012, the Chapter launched a Women’s Leadership School to increase the confidence of indigenous women throughout rural Guatemala to assume leadership positions in their communities and countries. The three-day workshops provide a platform for students to share their background and knowledge as well as build their capacity as future leaders through sessions on gaining trust and attaining influence, team building and goal setting.