In her guest column for the San Francisco Examiner, W.O.M.A.N., Inc.’s Community Liaison Manager, Mariya Taher, replies to this horrible Washington Post Op Ed to debunk the myth that getting married protects women from domestic violence, and talks about the danger many women find themselves in after their marriages begin, and the abuse that oftentimes begins or escalates with pregnancy.
Many pregnant women in abusive relationships cannot leave their abuser because they are financially dependent upon them–which is why Mariya, along with the Women’s Policy Institute, has been working to pass AB 1579, The Healthy Babies Act of 2014, which will allow countless women to obtain CalWORKs benefits, the state welfare program for needy families, at the second trimester of their first pregnancy.
W.O.M.A.N., Inc. is so proud to be a sponsor of AB 1579 – The Healthy Babies Act of 2014! And we’re very proud of the Domestic Violence Team – part of the The Women’s Foundation of California‘s Women’s Policy Institute on their hard working to get this bill passed!
Good job Maria Caprio of Shanti Project, Melodie Kruspodin of Peace Over Violence, Nicole Marquez of Worksafe, Julia Parish of Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, and Mariya Taher of W.O.M.A.N., Inc.!
Read Mariya’s full column here.