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ANNOUNCING: Farmworker women launch “Harvest without Violence” campaign to end sexual violence in Wendy’s supply chain!

This fall, CIW Women’s Group hits the road with major Wendy’s Boycott mobilizations in Columbus (Oct. 14-23), NYC (Nov. 10-20), launching new mobile museum on sexual violence in agriculture…CIW Women’s Group:  “If we don’t speak up, we give up, and we will never give up.  We are building a path of respect and dignity for ourselves, for our daughters, for all workers.”If you had a choice between purchasing a tomato from:a) a farm where you know farmworker women face a daily barrage of vulgar comments, rampant sexual violence, and unchecked retaliation for speaking out about abuse, orb) a farm where you know women are treated with respect, and abusers face […]

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A cautionary tale: Farmworker women win massive judgment in sexual assault, retaliation case against Florida farm…

EEOC case a powerful reminder of:1) The ongoing epidemic of sexual violence in Florida’s fields outside the bounds of the Fair Food Program, and2) The hypocrisy of retailers and the failure of the corporate social responsibility approach to stop the violence.Last Friday’s announcement of a massive jury verdict in favor of five farmworker women who filed sexual assault and retaliation complaints against Moreno Farms (a small, now defunct eggplant, tomato, and squash farm outside of Immokalee) provides a valuable moment for reflection on the urgent need for justice in Florida’s fields and the failure of existing systems — from the […]

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Fair Food Program front and center at international Women’s Forum in Milan!

[hupso title=”.@FairFoodProgram front and center at international Women’s Forum in Milan!” url=”http://ciw-online.org/blog/2015/07/womens-forum-milan/”]“Providing a model and inspiration to workers’ and human rights organizations around the world…”Last week, in Milan, Italy, human rights leaders, CEOs and cultural icons gathered for the annual Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society, coinciding with the 2015 Expo Milano.  Some 500 participants from across the globe came together to discuss issues relating to food systems, nutrition, and gender under the umbrella of the forum’s theme, “Nurturing a Sustainable Future.”Among the key speakers for the weeklong event was the Fair Food Program’s own Judge Laura Safer Espinoza, Director of the Fair Food Standards Council, who presented along with small […]

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Fair Food Program featured on Catapult’s front page!

[hupso_hide][hupso title=”#FairFoodProgram featured on @WeCatapult’s front page! Help #farmworker women end #sexualharassment in the fields today!” url=”http://ciw-online.org”] First, as a brief refresher:  Earlier this year, we got connected with Catapult, the World Wide Web’s premier crowdfunding site for women’s rights, curated by the likes of everyone from Beyónce Knowles to John Legend.  Big names aside — at its core, this tool draws on the power of many people coming together to affect change, much like the rest of the movement for Fair Food.  Earlier this summer, we launched the “Ensure dignity and respect for farmworkers” project, an effort to raise $25,000 in […]

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Help us ensure dignity and respect for farmworker women!

[hupso_hide][hupso title=”Help ensure dignity & respect for #farmworker women!” url=”http://ciw-online.org/”] Catapult launches new crowdfunding project to support expansion of the Fair Food Program… Earlier this year, the Fair Food Program won the support of Catapult, a pioneering crowdfunding platform that works with groups around the globe to advance the rights of women and girls.  And today, we have the great pleasure of announcing the launch of the Catapult online campaign, “Ensure dignity and respect for farmworkers” — an effort to raise $25,000 in 150 days to help pay for a new auditor for the Fair Food Standards Council (FFSC), the Fair Food Program’s indispensable third-party monitoring […]

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CIW invited to speak in Geneva at United Nations!

[hupso_hide][hupso title=”.@CIW to speak at #UnitedNations at Forum on Business & #HumanRights and @TrustWomenConf!” url=”http://ciw-online.org/?p=17157″] CIW to also address the “Trust Women” Conference in London in first week of December, as the Fair Food Program’s growing reputation for effective human rights protection crosses the Atlantic… Back in May of this year, a delegation from the United Nations Working Group traveled to Immokalee and met with workers, growers, a buyer and representatives of the CIW and the Fair Food Standards Council in a fact-finding visit to study the unique structure and effectiveness of the Fair Food Program.  Here’s what they said […]

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“These ashes represent a new day dawning in the fields out of a dark past of abuse… These ashes also represent Publix’s opportunity for redemption.”

[hupso_hide][hupso title=”#UnitedMethodist Women host @CIW at annual gathering in #Lakeland, call on @Publix to support new day for farmworkers!” url=”http://ciw-online.org/?p=17106″] United Methodist Women host CIW at last weekend’s Annual Conference in Lakeland, reaffirm their commitment to farmworkers and the call for Publix to support dramatic human rights advances taking root in the fields today… This past weekend, over 300 Florida United Methodist Women gathered at First United Methodist Church in Lakeland for their annual meeting, and a delegation from the CIW was welcomed as special guests. Readers of this site are familiar with the steadfast support of United Methodist Women, who […]

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