Líderes Campesinas: Empowering Female Farm Workers

Dec. 20, 2013 / By

Líderes Campesinas won the top prize of $25,000 at RAP Foundation’s Fast Pitch competition. Photo: Courtesy of RAP Foundation

Líderes Campesinas won the top prize of $25,000 at RAP Foundation’s Fast Pitch competition. Photo: Courtesy of RAP Foundation

Why Lideres Campesinas Shone Brightly in 2013

Líderes Campesinas made big news in October when, led by executive director Suguet Lopez, they won the top prize in Regional Access Project Foundation’s Fast Pitch Competition.

The nonprofit will apply the $25,000 award toward their campaign of developing women leaders and bringing awareness to the unique issues faced by female farm workers.

Líderes Campesinas is dedicated to making female farm workers more aware about various issues including transportation, pesticide exposure, sexual and domestic violence, and sexually transmitted diseases.

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