Sonia Maria Dias is a sector specialist at WIEGO. She is a sociologist by training and a garbologist with specialization in Solid Waste Management by the University of Kitakyushu, Japan. She has been active in the waste management field in Brazil since 1985 with a focus on promoting the integration of social inclusion aspects into the technical planning of waste collection and recycling. Her PhD thesis in Political Science is on the role of participation in solid waste management in Brazil. She is based in Belo Horizonte, South-east Brazil.
Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) is a global network focused on empowering the working poor, especially women, in the informal economy to secure their livelihoods. We believe that all workers should have equal economic opportunities, rights, protection and voice. WIEGO promotes change by improving statistics and expanding knowledge on the informal economy, building networks and capacity among informal worker organizations and, jointly with the networks and organizations, influencing local, national and international policies.