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Alianza Nacional de Campesinas: Sowing Seeds of Justice

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THE STORY:

Farmworker women suffer workplace sexual violence at the hands of their bosses, supervisors, co-workers and others at alarming rates. Since the late 1980's farmworker women have been organizing around the United States to address this problem through grassroots education, mobilization, advocacy, community education, by supporting farmworker woen in civil and criminalproceedings related to this issue and in many other ways. We have been building coalitions of diverse2007 we have been raising awareness about this problem through an international campaign called The Bandana Project. The Bandana Project began with just 100 participants. Today, it is an international campaign that has garnered the support of thousands of participants in the United States and other parts of the world.

We decorate and exhibit white bandanas as a show of our solidarity with the brave farmworker women who fight against sexual harassment and exploitation. Farmworker women use bandanas to protect themselves from the elements, pesticides and unwanted sexual attention. Perpetrators target these women because they believe that they are powerless. The truth is that farmworker women have been organizing themselves, their families and their communities for decades. They are strong, they are determined and they are leading the movement to end sexual harassment against farmworker women.

We stand with them in their fight because we believe that no woman should be forced to sacrifice their dignity in order to feed their family. This April farmworker women's organizations will host Bandana Project events and exhibits throughout the United States, in Mexico and other countries. Your donation will help support these educational efforts.

Stand with us. Speak out. Take Action.

The Alianza Nacional de Campesinas (The National Farmworker Women's Alliance) thanks our partners the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Dolores Huerta Foundation for their support and leadership with this project.

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