Petita Ayarza Pérez (born January 10, 1965) is a Panamanian indigenous political leader and businesswoman. In the 2019 general election, she became the first Guna woman to run for a seat as deputy and be elected to the National Assembly of Panama.

Petita Ayarza
Member of the National Assembly
Assumed office
July 1, 2019
PresidentLaurentino Cortizo
Preceded byAibán Velarde
ConstituencyCircuit 10-1 (Ailigandí, Madugandí, Narganá)
Personal details
Petita Ayarza Pérez

(1965-01-10) January 10, 1965 (age 58)
Rio Sidra, Panama
Political partyDemocratic Revolutionary
Alma materUniversity of Panama
OccupationBusinesswoman, politician

Biography edit

Petita Ayarza was born in Rio Sidra in 1965. She was named after former first lady Petita Saa de Robles, the wife of President Marco Aurelio Robles.[1]

She holds a licentiate in human resources and an ecological tourism technician degree, the latter from the University of Panama.[2][3] She has worked as a businesswoman in the tourism sector in the Guna Yala region, and is the leader of a tourism association for 28 islands.[3]

Political career edit

Ayarza has been a member of the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) for more than 20 years, during which she assumed leadership positions as party delegate, president of the organization area via election, and president of the party's regional collective.[1] She was the first woman to hold these positions within her party in the Guna Yala region.[3]

In her political speech, she advocates for the rights of indigenous peoples, and especially for the empowerment of women of the Guna ethnic group.[1]

2019 Panamanian general election edit

Petita Ayarza was the first Guna woman to be presented by the PRD as a candidate for a legislative position for Circuit 10–1, which includes the districts of Ailigandí, Madugandí, and Narganá.[4] She won a seat in the 2019 general election, receiving 38.77% of the votes, according to Electoral Court data.[2]

References edit

  1. ^ a b c Quirós, Jorge E. (May 9, 2019). "Petita Ayarza, la primera mujer guna que llega como diputada a la Asamblea Nacional" [Petita Ayarza, the First Guna Woman to Become a Deputy in the General Assembly] (in Spanish). TVN. Retrieved January 17, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Arauz Somoza, Darys (May 7, 2019). "Petita Ayarza, primera mujer gunadule en ser electa diputada del circuito 10-1" [Petita Ayarza, First Guna Woman to Be Elected Deputy for Circuit 10-1]. En Segundos (in Spanish). Retrieved January 17, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "El empoderamiento de la Mujer Originaria, Petita Ayarza la Diputada Electa de la Comarca Guna Yala" [The Empowerment of the Original Woman, Petita Ayarza the Deputy Elect of the Guna Yala Region]. Enterate507 (in Spanish). May 15, 2019. Retrieved January 17, 2020.
  4. ^ Garcés Évila, Lucy (May 9, 2019). "Petita, la primera mujer diputada en la comarca Guna" [Petita, the First Woman Deputy in Guna Comarca]. El Siglo (in Spanish). Retrieved January 17, 2020.

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