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Video: Manjula Pradeep on Caste and Women's Labour (So Many Feminisms)
Manjula Pradeep, human rights activist and founder of Wayve Foundation on caste and women's labour speaks about the unique situtation of Dalit women in relation to labour and modern slavery.
caste  dalit  women  dalitwomenfight  2020  video  slavery  untouchability 
12 hours ago
Homeless in city of birth: 3 out of 5 Indians without roof not migrants (Telegraph India)
According to a new study in India, Dalits account for over a third of the homeless, double their share of India’s population. The European Union-funded study by the NGOs Indo-Global Social Service Society and Organisation Functioning For Eytham’s Respect (Offer) surveyed over 400 homeless people in 15 cities across five states. The survey found that the Scheduled Castes (Dalits) made up the highest proportion of the urban homeless at 36 per cent, followed by the Scheduled Tribes at 23 per cent. “It clearly shows that the caste system in India makes people economically, socially and politically deprived and pushes them to the margins and an inhuman condition,” the report states.
press  2020  study  India  equality  homeless  caste  Dalit 
18 days ago
The power of human rights education - OHCHR
"Before, I was not aware of my rights. Now, I am aware of all of them. I have the courage to stand up for myself and to ask for my rights when I am denied them," says Premalatha Tamilselvan, a Dalit woman who took part in a human rights training programme offered by IDSN member People’s Watch as a child and is now defending human rights and fighting to end caste discrimination. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights documents her story.
humanrights  hrdefenders  dalitwomen  dalit  women  2020  press  ohchr  UN 
18 days ago
The Search For Caste Solidarity: Dalit Women In India And Nepal (Feminism in India)
“Living in India and being a Dalit woman myself, I have always been exposed to Dalit literature, activism and everyday life discrimination. To find instances of transnational solidarities of India with its neighbouring country of Nepal, where Nepali Dalit women’s lives too are intertwined with gender roles, casteism and patriarchal subordination, startled me.” Pragya Roy takes a look at the status of Dalit women in India and Nepal and the bonds that join them together in solidarity.
2020  Nepal  press  caste  India  Dalit  dalitwomenfight  dalitwomen  women  castegenderjustice  globalsolidarity 
18 days ago
In Conversation With Bezwada Wilson: The Fight Against Manual Scavenging (Feminism in India)
Born into a Dalit family that had been engaged in manual scavenging for generations, Bezwada Wilson channelled the outrage that stemmed from witnessing the injustice faced by his community to launch a movement to end this abhorrent practice. India Development review details this story on the Feminism in India platform.
India  2020  press  caste  castegenderjustice  Dalit  manualscavenging  SKA 
18 days ago
INDIA Supreme Court agrees to hear petition on reservations for Christian Dalits
Christians want Scheduled Caste status to be granted regardless of religious affiliation. Changing religion does not end the discrimination imposed on the Dalit community. For years, the Church has asked for the revision of a 1950 presidential order that excludes converts to Christianity from quotas in public administration. IDSN has also brought up the issue of unfair treatment of Dalit Christians on many occasions. Read the Asia News article for an overview of the issue.
religious_minorities  caste  dalit  India  reservations  2020  press  pressclippings 
18 days ago
Japan – A History of Denial ~ Minority Stories
As part of the Minority Stories initiative, Minority Rights Group have published an eight chapter story on Japan’s minorities with a strong focus on caste discrimination and the Buraku in Japan. The story has been created in collaboration with the International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR), and we strongly recommend diving into this great new resource
2020  mrg  ingo  Japan  buraku  caste  story  case  publication 
18 days ago
Indian budget fails to deliver on allocations for the welfare of Dalits
Dalit and Adivasis in India are being let down by the Government in the 2020-21 Union budget. IDSN member, the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR), has released an analysis of the budget showing unacceptable gaps in allocations and highlighting the discrepancies between Government rhetoric when it comes to social inclusion and the figures in the actual budget.
2020  budget  allocations  India  ncdhr  economicrights  analysis  Dalit  caste 
18 days ago
Consultation: Action on caste discrimination is crucial for meeting the Global Goals
In January, IDSN participated in the National Consultation “Localizing SDGs through Dalit perspectives” drawing together over eighty delegates from fifteen states in India, to discuss ways forward to address caste and gender discrimination vis-à-vis the UN Global Goals. The consultation took place in New Delhi.
IDSN  idsnnews  news  2020  ncdhr  India  sdgs  caste  castegenderjustice  consultation 
18 days ago
IDSN takes part in a National Stakeholder Consultation on the UN UPR in Nepal
In February, the IDSN Membership Coordinator took part in the National Stakeholder Consultation on the UN UPR in Nepal, organised by IDSN members the Dalit NGO Federation, Feminist Dalit Organization & Jagaran Media Centre together with IDSN Affiliate the Dalit Welfare Organisation and over thirty other Dalit NGOs in Nepal. The Consultation highlighted the need to act to end caste discrimination and promote caste gender justice. Over 70 participants from CSOs, media, academia, and Government took part in the consultation.
IDSN  idsnnews  caste  Nepal  UN  UPR  uprnepal  2020  news  consultation  political_participation 
18 days ago
IDSN highlights rights violations against Dalits for the UN women's committee review of Pakistan
IDSN submitted a report detailing the challenges faced by Dalit women and girls in Pakistan, for the review of the government’s report on compliance with the UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW review), which took place Tuesday 11th February.
2020  Pakistan  women  caste  gender  castegenderjustice  idsnnews  IDSN  news  UN  CEDAW  Report  submission  Dalit  dalitwomen 
18 days ago
Press Release: European Parliament calls for an EU policy to address caste discrimination
The International Dalit Solidarity Network (IDSN) welcomes the adoption of the European Parliament’s annual report on human rights and democracy in the world 2018 and the European Union’s policy on the matter.

The European Parliament’s report notes “with great concern the scale and consequences of caste hierarchies, caste-based discrimination and the perpetuation of caste-based human rights violations, including the denial of access to the legal system or employment, continued segregation, poverty and stigmatisation, and caste-related barriers to the exercise of basic human rights and facilitation of human development”.
EU  press_release  press  pressidsn  idsnnews  IDSN  news  policy  ep  2020 
18 days ago
Caste extracts from: Health, Safety and Dignity of Sanitation Workers: An Initial Assessment.” By World Bank, ILO, WaterAid, and WHO - 2019
“Low-grade, unskilled sanitation workers often face social stigma and discrimination. This is especially true when sanitation is linked to a caste-based structure and often allocated to castes perceived to be lower in the caste hierarchy, such as in India and Bangladesh, where sanitation work is perceived to belong to the Dalit caste. This stigma compounds the social ostracizing and limitations on social mobility that workers face and often results in intergenerational discrimination, where children of sanitation workers often struggle to escape the vicious cycle of limited opportunities and sanitation work.”

“[In Bangladesh] Many live in segregated sweeper colonies, which are unhygienic slumlike areas offering poor and overcrowded living conditions. Dalits (low-caste Hindus) and Christian and Muslim Bengalis”

"challenges include combating the systemic discrimination Dalits face, which affects their education and real opportunities to become entrepreneurs, and the multiple layers of subcontracting that enable manual scavenging to continue without oversight or enforcement of laws by local authorities"
water_sanitation  sanitation  2019  Bangladesh  India  WHO  ILO  UN  wateraid  publication 
5 weeks ago
IMADR and IDSN joint workshop on strategies to tackle caste and gender discrimination held at Beijing +25 forum (IDSN News)
Participants and presenters shared stories, ideas and strategies at the workshop Minority Women: 25 Years as Agents of Change Together, organised by IDSN and the International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR) at the Beijing+25 Regional CSO Forum in Bangkok, on 26 November. The presenters included Judith Anne Lal, from the National Dalit Movement for Justice-NCDHR and the event was moderated by IDSN board member, Megumi Komori from IMADR. A video from the event was also shared.
2019  video  IMADR  IDSN  event  joint  caste  dalit  women  dalitwomen  womenkey  ndmj  ncdhr  UN  idsnnews  news 
11 weeks ago
IDSN highlights caste-related labour issues at the Business and human rights forum 2019 (IDSN)
DSN leaves its mark on the UN Business and human rights forum with a very popular stand, highlighting the links between caste and human rights violations in global supply chains. At the stand Dalit human rights defender Ankita Paudel from IDSN member organization, Feminist Dalit Organisation – Nepal (FEDO), and IDSN staff, spoke with participants to improve their understanding and urge them to take action. Ms. Paudel also took part in key events at the forum and made connections with other relevant stakeholders. The IDSN Director, Meena Varma, also gave a snapshot presentation on what Governments can do to start addressing these issues with businesses and IDSN Ambassador, Gerard Oonk, made important new connections and raised awareness of key stakeholders.
UN  businessandhr  business  businesskey  event  participation  equality  dalit  caste  slavery  2019  idsnnews  news  IDSN 
11 weeks ago
Caste guidance launched at seminar on vulnerable workers in business supply chains (IDSN News)
Human rights issues related to caste in global supply chains was a key theme at the seminar on vulnerable workers, held in Copenhagen on 12 November, organised by IDSN, the Danish Ethical Trading Initiative (DIEH) and the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) in the UK.

ETI Director, Peter McAllister launched the ETI Caste in Global Supply Chains guidance at the seminar saying. “I am proud and honoured to be here to launch the ETI Base Code Guidance on Caste in Global Supply Chains today … caste underpins so many elements of vulnerability that we must engage with caste issues if we want to address vulnerability,” Mr. McCallister stated.
2019  businessandhr  businesskey  ETI  guidance  seminar  event  IDSN  idsnnews  news  caste  dalit  slavery 
11 weeks ago
IDSN Participates at UN Global Consultation on Business and Human Rights (IDSN News)
Henri Tiphagne, member of the IDSN board, represented IDSN in the Global Consultation on National Human Rights Institutions and access to remedy (Project on the Role of NHRIs in facilitating access to remedy for business-related human rights abuses), on the 10 and 11 October. This consultation is part of an ongoing project of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) about accountability for human rights. violations and abuses committed by corporations.
UN  business  businessandhr  2019  caste  dalit  slavery  ohchr 
11 weeks ago
IDSN participates in the ALNAP annual meeting on humanitarian action (IDSN News)
IDSN was represented by Innasimuthu Pandiyan, from IDSN Associate the Social Awareness Society for Youths (SASY), at the Annual Meeting of ALNAP, a global network of NGOs, UN agencies, members of the Red Cross/Crescent Movement, donors, academics, and networks - dedicated to learning how to improve the response to humanitarian crises.
2019  equalityinaid  equality  humanitarian  IDSN  news  idsnnews  SASY  youth  alnap  network 
11 weeks ago
Hindus: Do We Have A Caste Problem? (Video-BBC)
This documentary examines the ways in which caste discrimination manifests itself in the UK within Asian diaspora communities and the impact of caste-based exclusion on members of these communities. The video follows Parle Patel, a young British Hindu and popular YouTuber, as he interviews members of his community to get to the bottom of whether the UK has a caste problem.
caste  diaspora  diasporakey  UK  2019  BBC  press_global  video 
11 weeks ago
Dalit women producing leather footwear for global brands suffer serious labour rights abuses
A new report by Homeworkers Worldwide finds Dalit women working in global leather supply chains being subjected to discrimination, insecure work, low wages and labour rights abuses, including sexual harassment.
slavery  children  childlabour  women  Dalit  dalitwomen  caste  India  business  businessandhr  leather  2019  idsnnews  IDSN  news  gender  sexual_violence  labour 
october 2019
IDSN statements and recommendations at the UN Human Rights Council’s 42nd Session
IDSN has contributed to the UN Human Rights Council’s 42nd Session with two joint statements with Minority Rights Group International (MRG) on slavery and on safe drinking water and sanitation. IDSN also issued specific recommendations aimed at states and circulated by IDSN.
idsnnews  IDSN  statement  MRG  2019  news  caste  water_sanitation  recommendations  hrc  hrc42  UN  sr_water  slavery  sr_slavery  specialprocedures  special_rapporteurs 
october 2019
Norwegian Minister of Development voices support to end caste discrimination
The IDSN Executive Director and the Dalit Solidarity Network in Norway, met with Norway’s Minister of International Development, Dag-Inge Ulstein, who confirmed Norway’s long-standing support to IDSN and eliminating caste-based discrimination.
Norway  dsnno  dsn  caste  2019  idsnnews  news  IDSN 
october 2019
Report: Dalits and Adivasis missing from mainstream Indian news media
Indian media is dominated by ‘upper’ castes and media organisations have failed to diversify their newsroom and news coverage, reveals a new report released by Oxfam India and Newslaundry.
media  inequality  business  businessandhr  caste  India  2019  idsnnews  IDSN  news  ingo  report  Oxfam 
october 2019
1500 survivors of rape and sexual violence and their families sign a letter to the Supreme Court of India
Rashtriya Garima Abhiyan, a survivor centric forum with more than 12,000 survivors of sexual violence and their families, have submitted a letter to the Supreme Court of India asking that it treats commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking of children as serial rape under the under the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 (‘POSCO’). Dalit children are especially at risk of rape and sexual exploitation as they are marginalised and offered little protection and recourse to justice in highly caste-stratified societies. IDSN ‘s member organisation in India, Jan Sahas is a part of Rashtriya Garima Abhiyan and has issued the following release.
jansahas  2019  IDSN  idsnnews  news  violence_against_women  violence  dalitwomen  women  caste  gender 
october 2019
Caste and Gender Justice event at the UN Human Rights Council (IDSN news)
Dalit human rights defenders and UN experts raise concerns over intersectional caste and gender discrimination and its adverse impact on access to human rights, at the Dalit Women and Gender Justice side-event at the UN Human Rights Council’s 41st Session in Geneva.

On 25 June 2019, IDSN International Associate IMADR, and others organised a side-event during the 41st Session of the Human Rights Council, on Dalit women and gender justice. The panel was composed of Dubravka Simonovic, the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, Renu Sijapati, General Secretary of the Feminist Dalit Organization (FEDO-Nepal) and Abirami Jotheeswaran, from the National Dalit Movement for Justice-National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights (NDMJ-NCDHR). The event was moderated by Henri Tiphagne, from Peoples’ Watch, in India.
caste  gender  castegenderjustice  UN  hrc  fedo  ncdhr  idsnnews  idsn  news  dalit  women  dalitwomen  2019  sr_violencewomen  specialprocedures  special_rapporteurs 
october 2019
Rights Activists: No global goals without tackling caste (Press Release)
From the streets of South Asia, activists fighting for justice, human rights and freedom from caste apartheid are now bringing the campaign #NoCasteLeftBehind to Europe. The activists will be in Brussels to take part in the European Development Days from 18-19 June.
IDSN  idsnnews  idsnpressrelease  press  press_release  2019  caste  nocasteleftbehind  EU  event 
october 2019
Nepal encouraged to implement UN experts recommendations
Renu Sijapati, from the Feminist Dalit Organisation – FEDO Nepal, delivered an oral statement at the 41st session of the UN Human Rights Council in June 2019, encouraging Nepal to implement the recommendations in the UN Nepal visit report of the Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women. The visit took place in October 2018.
UN  2019  caste  dalit  Nepal  women  dalitwomen  hrc  HRC41  sr_violencewomen  specialprocedures  special_rapporteurs  idsnnews 
october 2019
#NoCasteLeftBehind at the European Development Days
An IDSN delegation with Dalit human rights defenders from Nepal, India and Bangladesh made its mark on the European Development Days 2019, with a stand in the Global Village and participation in key sessions. The event also saw the launch of IDSN’s #NoCasteLeftBehind initiative with participants joining hands to fight caste discrimination. After the European Development Days, the delegation also met with key EU officials, including the new EU Special Representative for Human Rights, Eamon Gilmore.
idsnnews  news  IDSN  women  caste  EU  2019  EEAS  eu_commission 
october 2019
Sifting the Grain: 6,000 Testimonies of Discrimination and Inequality from Yemen (Report - Equal Rights Trust)
Equal Rights Trust report presenting an analysis of extensive field research on discrimina¬tion, inequality and other human rights abuses conducted in Yemen by eleven field research teams between 2015 and 2017 and analysed by Yemeni researchers in 2018.
Yemen  2019  caste  muhamasheen  akhdam  report  othercountries 
october 2019
No more silence: Companies must address caste in their global supply chains (ETI-UK)
Press Release – Ethical Trading Initiative – UK - Remaining silent about caste discrimination in global supply chains is fueling modern slavery, child labour and the exploitation of workers in South Asia, according to new ETI Base Code guidance for companies published today.
press_release  eti  business  businesskey  businessandhr  children  childlabour  slavery  labour  caste  dalit  2019  News  idsnnews  women  dalitwomen  India  Nepal  Pakistan  Bangladesh  dalitchildren  key 
september 2019
The Indian village where child sexual exploitation is the norm (The Guardian)
Poverty and caste discrimination mean that children in Sagar Gram are being groomed by their own families for abuse
slavery  slaverykey  india  2019  caste  castegenderjustice  dalit  dalitwomen  women  press  press_global  gender 
august 2019
#NoCasteLeftBehind Report: Caste and Gender Justice
Intersectional caste and gender discrimination leaves Dalit women and girls as some of the furthest behind when it comes to achieving the UN Global Goals and therefore this type of discrimination needs special focused attention.
Dalit women are leading the way by standing up for their rights, they need global solidarity and justice to catalyse their access to rights and dignity. In this publication we highlight some of the key challenges faced by Dalit women
and girls in relation to the specific UN Global Goals and targets and offer advice on what you can do to stand in solidarity with these women and be a catalyst of change
castegenderjustice  nocasteleftbehind  dalit  women  dalitwomen  dalitwomenfigt  caste  gender  justice  sexual_violence  violence_against_women  IDSN  publication  key  keywomen 
july 2019
New EU human rights guidelines highlight the need to address caste in EU’s external action (IDSN News)
IDSN welcomes the new EU Human Rights Guidelines on Non-discrimination in External Action, where caste is mentioned several times as a form of discrimination that must be addressed. It is specified in the guidelines that the term ‘descent’, “includes discrimination against members of communities based on forms of social stratification such as caste and analogous systems of inherited status”, and that the EU should, “Participate actively in UN mechanisms and processes dedicated to general and specific discrimination related issues such as … discrimination based on caste (work and descent)”. The guidelines also state the EU must encourage and support active participation of civil society in multilateral fora and mechanisms in relation to discrimination based on caste (work and descent).
IDSN  News  idsnnews  2019  EU  humanrights  policy  guidelines 
july 2019
MEP’s ask EU to act to end the unjust blocking of IDSN’s UN accreditation (IDSN News)
MEPs ask EU to act to end the unjust blocking of IDSN’s UN accreditation
Several high-profile members of the European Parliament have sent a letter to the EU High-Representative for Foreign Affairs, Frederica Mogherini, asking the EU to take action to support IDSN’s 10-year quest for UN accreditation, at the UN NGO Committee.
EU  eu_parliament  MEP  ecosoc  IDSN  2019  news  idsnnews  letter  sr_associationassembly 
july 2019
IDSN submission on India to the UN Human Rights Committee 2019
IDSN and The National Dalit Movement for Justice (NDMJ)-NCDHR have submitted input to the UN ahead of the adoption of the list of issues for the 126th session for India. The submission sets out some key concerns about violations of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (the Covenant) vis-à-vis the Constitution of India with regard to Dalits and Adivasis. IDSN member Human Rights Watch has also raised the issue of caste discrimination in the HRW submission to the UN ahead of the review.
UN  hrc  india  caste  2019  submission 
july 2019
Consultation on global action to address discrimination based on work and descent held in Senegal (IDSN News)
On April 9-11 IDSN supported the Dakar Consultation on Global Partnership and Joint Actions in Addressing Discrimination based on Work & Descent – DWD, Untouchability, Contemporary Forms of Slavery and Analogous Forms of Discrimination that looked at caste and analogous forms of discrimination across the world to ensure joint actions and strategies to combat this form of discrimination. Information was shared and new initiatives formed and at the end of the consultation a Declaration was published as well as a summary report.
globalsolidarity  descentbaseddiscrimination  ncdhr  consultation  caste  2019  slavery 
july 2019
US blocking of Gay McDougall for UN anti-racism committee is a major setback for the fight against racism, says MRG (Minority Rights Group)
The decision of the government of the United States of America (USA) not to back the candidature of Ms. Gay McDougall for the United Nations Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) is a setback in the fight against racism in the United States and around the world. ‘The disappointing news about the failure of the USA to maintain a presence on CERD comes at a time of growing intolerance and hate in society’, says Joshua Castellino, MRG’s Executive Director.
UN  cerd  treatybodies  caste 
july 2019
Oxfam: Caste and gender underpin employment inequality in India
Inequality in employment along caste and gender lines is a massive obstacle to alleviating poverty and inequality in India, finds the Oxfam India report ‘Mind The Gap – State of Employment in India’. The report documents striking disparities in wages and opportunities. The report also highlights the strong links between caste and gender discrimination and forced, bonded and child labour as well as hazardous work.
caste  gender  women  dalitwomen  dalit  India  Oxfam  ingo  2019  idsnnews  news  business  businessandhr  labour  inequality 
july 2019
Pushing for progress for Dalit women in Nepal (FEDO E-bulletin Jan-March 2019)
IDSN’s member, the Feminist Dalit Organisation in Nepal (FEDO), has issued an e-bulletin with inspirational stories of their work to push for meaningful political participation of Dalit women and fight against discrimination and injustice. Read the FEDO E-bulletin from Jan-March 2019
2019  FEDO  e-bulletin  dalitwomenfight  dalitwomen  dalit  women  nepal  political_participation  justice  castegenderjustice 
july 2019
The silent death of workers in India (Equal Times)
“Looking at the labour hierarchy means looking at the caste hierarchy. You are just as unlikely to find any upper class Hindus performing manual labour as you are to find high-risk jobs not being performed by lower castes, Dalits (untouchables) or Adivasis (tribal populations),” says Gautam Mody, secretary general of the New Trade Union Initiative. Every day three workers die in the factories of India. A sewer and gutter cleaner dies every week. None of them are of high caste.
caste  labour  business  businessandhr  businesskey  2019  india  press 
july 2019
From where I stand: “Local and global political and economic systems create and maintain social inequality” (UN Women – article)
Article by UN Women on Durga Sob, founder of IDSN’s member organization the Feminist Dalit Organization (FEDO). She is among the 500 activists meeting in Tunisia from 24-26 April for the Tunis Forum on Gender Equality to take stock of the progress made in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration, nearly 25 years on. Read the full article by UN Women
Nepal  women  dalit  dalitwomenfight  castegenderjustice  UN  unwomen  unagencies  2019  caste  FEDO  press 
july 2019
Dalit women against an ancient system of discrimination (I Defend Rights Internview)
I Defend Rights interview Dalit women leaders in India, Manjula Pradeep and Asha Kowtal, who explain and challenge the caste system that has deemed hundreds of millions of Indians untouchables.
dalitwomenfight  dalitwomen  women  dalit  caste  india  hrdefenders  hr_defenders  humanrights  sexual_violence  castegenderjustice  2019 
july 2019
India's Poverty Profile (World Bank 2016)
Poverty Statistics - India from the World Bank
2016  India  poverty  statistics 
may 2019
Policy Brief Ground Down by Growth: Oppression, Discrimination and Exploitation of Adivasis and Dalits in 21st century India (LSE)
This Policy Brief reports on oppression and discrimination against Dalits (the ex-untouchable castes) and Adivasis (tribal groups) perpetuating labour exploitation and land alienation, entrenching poverty and inequality in India. Dalits (officially
called Scheduled Castes by the Indian Government) and Adivasis (Scheduled Tribes), account for 200 million and 100 million people respectively, together making up one-quarter of the Indian population, and one in twenty-five of the global population. This brief is based on research carried out across India by the Programme of Research on Inequality and Poverty, Department of Anthropology, London School of Economics.
dalit  caste  2018  India  business  businessandhr  labour  childlabour  bondedlabour  forcedlabour  stigma  discrimination  briefing 
may 2019
Dalit Women in Corporate India are Being Left Behind (The Wire)
While companies are increasingly aware of the need for a 'feminist' narrative within the organisation, the corporate sector as a whole ignores the reality of caste and the effect this has on the workplace.
business  businessandhr  women  dalitwomen  caste  India  discrimination  2017 
may 2019
India: The Dalit women of Tamil Nadu fight caste, the patriarchy, and climate change (Slate)
The Dalit female farmers of India’s Tamil Nadu state are working together to overcome a daunting set of challenges.
2019  disaster_relief  discrimination  women  dalitwomenfight  dalitwomen  India  press  humanitarian  climatechange 
april 2019
Study reveals caste-based segregation in Bengaluru (The Hindu)
A first-of-its-kind snapshot of the distribution of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes community in the city reveals a patchwork of caste-segregated neighbourhoods where socio-economically backward castes are ghettoised. In 40% of blocks, SC/ST community constitutes less than 5% of residents.
caste  Dalit  2019  India  segregation  untouchability  press  housing 
april 2019
Study finds discrimination in flood relief work (Times of India)
While 84% and 89% of those in general and OBC categories, respectively, received the government-announced immediate assistance, the percentage of Adivasis and Dalit Christians, who received the assistance, were 62% and 68%, respectively. The last minute changes in the eligibility criteria made the assistance inaccessible to a large number of the marginalised people, the fact sheet said.
2019  humanitarian  disaster_relief  discrimination  caste  dalit  India  press 
april 2019
‘Internet opening space for new voices, but women face harassment online’ (Indian Express)
Asha Kowtal of AIDMAM-NCDHR comments on the Dalit Women Fight movement and online harassment.
dalitwomenfight  women  Dalit  caste  India  2019  aidmam  press 
april 2019
Dalit problems will not be solved by avoiding the rehabilitation issue (Justice News)
In the last five years of the Modi government, there has been no movement even on assistance and rehabilitation of manual scavengers. In fact, in the interim budget, the Centre has reduced by more than half the allocation for rehabilitating manual scavengers.
press  press_global  India  manualscavenging  justice  2019 
april 2019
“Today, we are not here only to speak of our plight. We are also agents of change”, says Ruth Manorama at the UN Human Rights Council (IDSN News)
On Friday 8 March, Ruth Manorama, a Dalit human rights defender, delivered a statement, co-sponsored by the International Movement Against All Forms of Racial Discrimination and by the Right Livelihood Award (in solidarity with IDSN), during the 40th regular session of the Human Rights Council. She also spoke on the panel at the Right Livelihood side-event on Women Human Rights Defenders.
caste  dalit  2019  idsnnews  IDSN  India  sexual_violence  humanrights  hrdefenders  hr_defenders  HRC  HRC40  women  dalitwomen  resistance  dalitwomenfight  UN  news 
april 2019
CIVICUS calls on the UN NGO Committee to stop blocking human rights organisations
The statement from CIVICUS highlights the 10-year deferral of IDSN’s application for UN consultative status and calls for all members of the committee to immediately discontinue any arbitrary actions to block applications from non-governmental organisations and strongly encourages governments that are committed to promoting an enabling environment for civil society to nominate themselves for future seats on the Committee.
2019  statement  UN  ecosoc  ingo  humanrights 
april 2019
Dalit women defenders featured by UN Women on Women’s Day (Video) IDSN News
Asha Kowtal, General Secretary of the Dalit Women’s Movement AIDMAM-NCDHR, an IDSN member talks about the Dalit Women Fight movement in this 5-minute video made by UN Women and Google. “We are not silent. You are not silent. You are fighting. We are also fighting. We need to connect together because injustice is injustice, whether it’s your class, your caste, your sexuality or your ethnic identity.” Says Asha Kowtal in the video.
Video  2019  caste  dalit  dalitwomenfight  women  dalitwomen  India  aidmam  atrocities  justice  sexual_violence  idsnnews  news  idsn 
april 2019
UN rights chief warns against "increasing harassment and targeting of” Dalits, Muslims and Adivasis in India (IDSN News)
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michele Bachelet, raises concern over increasing marginalisation and discrimination in India, in her speech to the UN Human Rights Council in March. Speaking about the situation in India, the High Commissioner shows concern over the fact that, despite significant poverty reduction in general terms, there has been, “increasing harassment and targeting of minorities – in particular Muslims and people from historically disadvantaged and marginalised groups, such as Dalits and Adivasis”. She points out to narrow political agendas in that country lead to further marginalisation of vulnerable people.
2019  IDSN  idsnnews  news  caste  UN  high_commissioner  bachelet  hrc  HRC40  statement 
april 2019
Members of European Parliament Ask India to 'End Crackdown' on Rights Activists (IDSN News)
Twenty members of the European Parliament have written to Central Government ministers in India, expressing concern about “worrying signs of shrinking civil society space in India,” calling for the government to “take urgent steps to change course, release all detained human rights defenders in the country, drop all charges against them, and allow them to carry out their work free from risk or impediment.” Dalit activists were among those mentioned in the letter.
2019  caste  Dalit  india  humanrights  hrdefenders  news  IDSN  idsnnews  MEP  eu_parliament  EP 
april 2019
Bangladesh Dalit and Excluded Rights Movement call for action at its national council meeting
More than 32 districts were represented at IDSN member BDERM’s 9th National Council meeting in Bangladesh. Discussions centered around the need for Dalits to be officially recognized by the Government if SDG goals of ‘leaving no-one behind’ were to truly be addressed.
2019  caste  Bangladesh  bderm  dalit  legislation 
april 2019
Activists: Government funds for India’s most marginalised are not reaching them (India Today)
The Government have announced a rise in budgets allocated for the welfare of Dalits (Scheduled Castes) and Adivasis (Scheduled Tribes) in India. However, human rights activists are saying that the rise is irrelevant as the allocations are not in fact benefitting those they are supposed to be aimed at. Speaking at the India Today Conclave on 1-2 March, Paul Divakar, of the National Campaign for Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR), commented that, "It is all a mirage. While funds are being allocated on paper, only about 2 per cent of this is actually being spent on Dalit issues." IDSN Board Member, Beena Pallical (NCDHR), also spoke at the Conclave.
2019  caste  dalit  ncdhr  India  budget  access_services  economicrights 
april 2019
Dalit Film and Cultural Festival held in New York (IDSN News)
Columbia University in New York hosted a pioneering 2-day Dalit Film and Cultural festival, featuring films that give direct voice to the Dalit experience and reflect on society from a Dalit perspective.

The festival took place from 23-24 February, and was organised by the US Ambedkarites.
film  culture  IDSN  diaspora  idsnnews  news  US  caste  dalit  2019 
april 2019
Dignity March to end Sexual Violence in India (IDSN News)
On Friday 22 February, thousands marching to end sexual violence against women and children in India, took to the streets of the capital to demand justice and raise awareness about the need to fundamentally change the attitude generally held about victims of sexual violence. The 65-day march has covered over 10,000 km across 24 states. The march was kick-started by 5000 survivors of sexual violence on the 20th of December in Mumbai and organised by Rashtriya Garima Abhiyan.
2019  IDSN  idsnnews  news  caste  dalit  sexual_violence  dalitwomenfight  dalitwomen  women  India  resistance  march  jansahas 
april 2019
Indigenous and Dalits of Bangladesh: Challenges and Way Forward for Inclusion in Rights and Services (Transparency International Report)
Transparency International have released a comprehensive report analyising the specific challenges of Dalits in Bangladesh.

The report offers key recommendations for the fulfilment of rights and inclusive public service provisions for Dalits in Bangladesh.
Report  Bangladesh  bangladeshkey  2019  caste  dalit  access_services 
april 2019
Report finds entrenched caste discrimination in India’s criminal justice system (IDSN News)
“Criminal Justice in the Shadow of Caste” is a pioneering report looking at the administration of criminal justice in India through a caste lens. The findings reveal discrimination at all levels, including within prisons. The report has been released by IDSN member, the National Dalit Movement for Justice (NDMJ-NCDHR), in collaboration with the National Centre for Dalit Human Rights.
India  caste  2019  IDSN  news  idsnnews  justice  justicekey  atrocities  violence  women  dalitwomen  ncdhr  ndmj 
april 2019
Hate Crimes in 2018, Reveals ‘Halt the Hate’ Website (Amnesty India)
A disturbing number of alleged hate crimes – including assault, rape and murder – were reported in 2018 against people from marginalized groups, especially Dalits and Muslims, said Amnesty India, as it released data recorded on its interactive website, ‘Halt the Hate’. “The first step to ensuring justice and ending impunity for hate crimes – where people are targeted because they belong to a particular group – is to highlight their occurrence,” said Aakar Patel of Amnesty India.
caste  2019  amnesty  INGO  study  data  dalit  atrocities  violence  hatecrime  Report  India  Indiakey 
april 2019
Human Rights Watch: Vigilante ‘Cow Protection’ Groups Attack Minorities in India (IDSN News)
The Indian government should prevent and prosecute mob violence by vigilante groups targeting minorities in the name of so-called cow protection, Human Rights Watch said in a report released in March. The 104-page report, “Violent Cow Protection in India: Vigilante Groups Attack Minorities,” describes the use of communal rhetoric by members of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to spur a violent vigilante campaign against consumption of beef and those engaged in the cattle trade. The victims are predominantly Muslims and Dalits.
2019  violence  caste  IDSN  news  idsnnews  HRW  India  ingo 
april 2019
REPORT: India: Vigilante ‘Cow Protection’ Groups Attack Minorities
The Indian government should prevent and prosecute mob violence by vigilante groups targeting minorities in the name of so-called cow protection, Human Rights Watch said in a report released in March. The 104-page report, “Violent Cow Protection in India: Vigilante Groups Attack Minorities,” describes the use of communal rhetoric to spur a violent vigilante campaign against consumption of beef and those engaged in the cattle trade. The victims are predominantly Muslims and Dalits.
India  2019  HRW  ingo  caste  atrocities  violence  justice  Report 
april 2019
Home-Based Garment Workers in India Infographic 1
Infographic: Statistics from the Tainted Garments 2019 report
april 2019
REPORT: Tainted Garments: The Exploitation of Women and Girls in India’s Home-based Garment Sector
Conducted by leading labour experts at the University of California. Key findings:
99.3% of the workers are either Muslims or belong to a heavily subordinated community, called a “Scheduled Caste.”
99.2% of workers toil in conditions of forced labour under Indian law, which means they do not receive the state stipulated minimum wage. In fact, most workers received between 50% and 90% less than the state-stipulated minimum wages. Only a handful of males working near the city of Jaipur received proper wages for their work.
95.5% of workers are female.
2019  India  caste  dalit  bondedlabour  slavery  slaverykey  slaveryindiakey  indiakey  businesskey  businessandhr  business  supplychain  Report  study  children  labour  dalitwomen  women  childlabour 
april 2019
Study finds Dalits working in forced and child labour in India’s garment industry (IDSN News)
An extensive study on home-based garment workers in India found 99 per cent of workers toiled in conditions of forced labor under Indian law, with over 99 per cent of the workers found to be either Dalits or Muslims. The prevalence of child labour was over 15 per cent and many cases of bonded labour were also documented. 85 per cent of the workers supplied global brands.The report “Tainted Garments: The Exploitation of Women and Girls in India’s Home-based Garment Sector” was conducted by leading labour experts at the University of California.
2019  India  IDSN  idsnnews  news  caste  dalit  bondedlabour  slavery  slaverykey  slaveryindiakey  indiakey  businesskey  businessandhr  business  supplychain  Report  study  children  labour  dalitwomen  women  childlabour  statistics 
april 2019
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