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For Giving Tuesday, give the gift that gives back… Become a Fair Food Sustainer and help end sexual violence in the fields!

What if you were to wake up tomorrow and the headline read: “Sexual harassment eradicated”?A distant dream, we know.  But what if you could actually help end sexual harassment in the fields, starting today? We have good news:  You can.  Today, for Giving Tuesday, stand with farmworker women and sign up to be a Fair Food Sustainer.As we witness an historic moment of cultural reckoning nationwide, we are all painfully aware that women across country — from Hollywood to the hotel industry — face sexual harassment in the workplace.  We also know that for women in the fields, the rates are particularly staggering.  On non-Fair […]

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TODAY: Stand with farmworker women by calling Wendy’s Board Chairman Nelson Peltz!

CIW Women to Wendy’s leadership:  “We need Wendy’s to join its peers in order to expand these crucial, life-changing gains to the hundreds of thousands of farmworker women who continue to labor under the oppressive conditions that persist beyond the Fair Food Program’s protections.”This afternoon, dozens of CIW members and their children — accompanied by hundreds of New Yorkers and allies from across the Northeast — will march to the offices of Wendy’s Board Chairman Nelson Peltz in Manhattan.  As we head now into the holiday season, it has been months since the CIW Women’s Group penned a powerful letter to Mr. Peltz, […]

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Starting today (Friday, 11/10), the Harvest without Violence Campaign hits New York City!

Farmworker women take fight to end sexual violence to the doorstep of Wendy’s Board Chair, Nelson Peltz…CIW Women’s Group to remind Peltz of his fellow CEO’s words of warning (Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook):  “If you know something is happening and you fail to take action, whether you are a man or a woman — especially when you are in power — you are responsible, too.”Starting today, Friday, November 10, and continuing through Nov. 20th, the CIW’s new “Harvest without Violence” mobile exhibit is hitting the Big Apple! After weeks with no response to the CIW Women’s Group’s powerful letter to Wendy’s Board Chairman Nelson Peltz, farmworkers […]

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Farmworker women to Wendy’s CEO: “Sexual violence has been our daily bread for decades”…

CIW Women’s Group pens powerful letters to Wendy’s CEO Todd Penegor & Board Chair Nelson Peltz to educate company leaders on farmworker women’s struggle against sexual harassment and assault in the fields, request meeting to discuss sexual violence against women in Wendy’s supply chain face-to-face;Penegor and Peltz’s response to date?  Two weeks of silence, and counting…Also: CIW puts final touches on impressive “Harvest without Violence” mobile exhibit as workers in Immokalee and Ohio allies prepare for next Monday’s big action at Wendy’s headquarters!Two weeks ago, the CIW Women’s Group sent a letter to Wendy’s CEO, Mr. Todd Penegor, and another to Wendy’s […]

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María José Fletcher, longtime CIW partner in fight against human trafficking and gender-based violence, recognized by U2’s Bono and the ONE Campaign!

María José Fletcher, a human rights attorney and co-founder of Miami-based VIDA Legal Assistance — a longtime CIW partner dedicated to helping survivors of violence, with a particular focus on immigrants and women — was shocked to learn this past June that she had been selected for recognition by U2’s lead singer Bono and his ONE Campaign.  In speaking to the Miami Herald in a recent article about her recognition, María José was typically self-effacing:“Seeing my face among all these other amazing women, who are my role models, I was very humbled,” Fletcher told the Miami Herald. “I didn’t feel that I should have been there. I […]

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Building a future without violence in the fields…

CIW, Fair Food Program partners develop unprecedented sexual violence prevention curriculum…In U.S. agriculture, the epidemic of sexual harassment and gender-based violence is well-documented.  In 2012, a study by Human Rights Watch, entitled “Cultivating Fear: The Vulnerability of Immigrant Farmworkers in the US to Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment,” surveyed farmworker women and found that a staggering 80% of those interviewed reported having faced sexual harassment on the job.  In 2013, the award-winning PBS documentary series Frontline released a hard-hitting documentary, entitled “Rape in the Fields,” following a year-long study of sexual violence against female farmworkers from California to Florida.  And just this past September, the EEOC announced a […]

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