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Report outlines recommendations for action on caste and gender justice in Nepal (IDSN News)
A comprehensive report on the status of Dalit women in Nepal has been released by IDSN member the Feminist Dalit Organization Nepal (FEDO) with support from IDSN and Womankind.

The report details the situation, challenges and recommendations within poverty, education, health, safety, political participation, Dalit women in the media and Dalit girl children in Nepal.

It is clear from the report that while progress has been made, immediate and sustained action targeted at Dalit women in Nepal is crucial.
idsnnews  Report  FEDO  Nepal  Dalit  women  dalitwomen  caste  castegenderjustice  children  health  poverty  education  violence  recommendations 
18 hours ago by idsn
UN women’s committee raises concern over intersecting caste, religious and gender discrimination in Pakistan (IDSN News)
Dalit women in Pakistan are at high risk of human rights abuses due to intersecting caste, religious and gender discrimination. In the Concluding Observations of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) review of Pakistan, the Committee recommends that the state addresses intersecting discrimination directly and note concern over the persistence of abductions and forced conversions, stereotypes and insufficient disaggregated data.
CEDAW  Pakistan  UN  treatybodies  Dalit  women  dalitwomen  2020  forcedconversions  forcedmarriage  data  recommendations  concludingobs 
18 hours ago by idsn
IDSN Annual Report 2019-2020
The report covers key developments and activities within IDSN’s work under the thematic areas Dalit women and gender justice, business and human rights and equality and participation, within the United Nations, European Union, and communications and networking programmes.
IDSN  publication  annualreport  2020  2019  southasia  Dalit  caste  UN  EU  India  Bangladesh  Pakistan  Nepal 
18 hours ago by idsn
Saving lives by preventing discrimination in COVID-19 relief (IDSN Statement)
As COVID-19 sweeps across the world it is crucial that we ensure that relief, health services and awareness raising efforts are inclusive and accessible to all irrespective of caste, ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or other factors. While time is of the essence in the response to COVID-19, taking a moment to ensure that high risk communities such as Dalits are included and addressed in global, national and local responses to COVID-19, can save millions of lives.

IDSN and its members have documented discrimination in relief in relation to numerous disasters in the past including flooding, droughts and earthquakes, where Dalits have been left behind, not provided relief materials on an equitable basis and not given equal access to healthcare, shelter or rehabilitation due to ingrained stigma and discrimination.

There is a high risk that COVID-19 will also be widespread in caste-affected countries and it is therefore crucial that the unique nature of caste discrimination and the discriminatory practice of untouchability are taken into account. Therefore, Dalit communities and civil society organisations must be consulted and included in planning and implementation efforts to mitigate the serious repercussions of COVID-19.

The statement issued by IDSN outlines eight key factors that make Dalits a particularly high-risk group and offers eight key recommendations for state and non-state actors.
statement  IDSN  idsnnews  idsnpressrelease  2020  health  Dalit  caste  India  Nepal  Pakistan  Bangladesh  discrimination  labour  disaster_relief  COVID-19 
18 hours ago by idsn
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 
yesterday by idsn
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 
19 days ago by idsn
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 
19 days ago by idsn
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 
19 days ago by idsn
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 
19 days ago by idsn
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 
19 days ago by idsn
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 
19 days ago by idsn
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 
19 days ago by idsn
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 by idsn
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 by idsn
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 by idsn
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 by idsn
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 by idsn
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 by idsn
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 by idsn
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 by idsn
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 by idsn
#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 by idsn
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 by idsn
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 by idsn
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 by idsn
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 by idsn
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 by idsn
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 by idsn
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 by idsn
‘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 by idsn
“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 by idsn
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 by idsn
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 by idsn
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 by idsn
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 by idsn
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 by idsn
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 by idsn
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 by idsn
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 by idsn
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 by idsn
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 by idsn
Caste discrimination is blocking progress on the SDGs says UK NGO development network BOND (IDSN News)
The new report Caste and Development: Tackling Discrimination Based on Work and Descent has just been released by the UK NGO development network BOND, highlighting the urgent need to address caste discrimination in order to progress on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. "Caste affects a fifth of the world’s population but the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) don’t mention it, despite caste-based discrimination being a significant barrier to leaving no one behind. Bond explores this crucial omission in this report and identifies a set of practical actions for policymakers and civil society organisations."
ingo  caste  dalit  2019  development  sdgs  UN  idsn  news  idsnnews 
april 2019 by idsn
Ambassadors join the fight to end caste discrimination (IDSN News)
A brand new IDSN Ambassadors Group is launched today. The group is made up of several highly distinguished human rights advocates, who will use their knowledge and skills to ensure that caste discrimination never falls off the global human rights agenda.
IDSN  news  idsnnews  caste  dalit  humanrights  UN  2019 
april 2019 by idsn
Survey of Caste in the United States finds discrimination persists
Equality Labs has released a survey report on Caste in the United States. The report came out of a community driven survey conducted in 2016 and has now emerged as a crucial document that both presents the first evidence of Caste discrimination in the US and helps to map the internal hegemonies within our communities.
diaspora  diasporakey  US  caste  dalit  2018  news  idsnnews 
april 2019 by idsn
Dalit human rights defenders attend the EU-NGO Forum (IDSN News 2018)
An IDSN delegation consisting of Bhakta Bishwakarma, Dalit NGO Federation/IDSN member, and Judith Anne Laal, NDMJ- NCDHR, participated in the 20th EU-NGO Human Rights Forum in Brussels that took place November 20-22. The Forum, organized by the EEAS and the European Commission, together with the European Parliament for the first time, gathered more than 200 civil society representatives from all over the globe. The Forum was also organised in partnership with the NGO umbrella Human Rights and Democracy Network (HRDN), of which IDSN is a member. Read the IDSN article on the NGO Forum here.
caste  EU  EEAS  eu_commission  eu_parliament  ep  2018  dalit  nepal  India 
february 2019 by idsn
European Parliament calls on the EU to step up action at the UN and delegation levels to eliminate caste-based discrimination (IDSN Press Release 2018)
IDSN welcomes the adoption of the European Parliament’s annual report on human rights and democracy in the world 2017 and the European Union’s policy on the matter. The report specifically asks the EU to step up action to address caste-based discrimination at the UN and delegation levels.

“It’s time for the EU and its member states to fully heed the European Parliament’s recommendations. In particular, IDSN would like to see the EU use every opportunity in its trade, development and foreign policy to address caste-based discrimination. The EU should also actively support applications for UN consultative status submitted by NGOs, such as IDSN, which would enable the voices of Dalit advocates to be heard at the UN level”, said Meena Varma, Executive Chair, IDSN following the adoption of the report.
Read the IDSN press release on the report here >>
EU  2018  report  EP  eu_parliament  eu_commission  eu_council  eeas  dalit  caste  UN 
february 2019 by idsn
IDSN Board member, Henri Tiphagne, wins prestigious Civil Liberties Award
Henri Tiphagne has won the prestigious Nani A. Palkhiwala Award for Civil Liberties. A huge congratulations to Henri for this well-deserved recognition of his tireless work to end caste-based discrimination and pursue justice, equality and human rights for all. Upon winning the award Henri commented, "The award is a boost for continuing the fight for dissent, democracy and human rights not only in the courts of law, but also on the streets."
Read a full article in The Wire on the award >>
IDSN  idsnnews  2018  caste  dalit  award  organisation 
february 2019 by idsn
Dalit Manifesto released at the 20 year Anniversary of IDSN member NCDHR
IDSN founding member, NCDHR, celebrated its 20th anniversary in New Delhi on UN Human Rights Day. The event gathered rights activists from across the country together in celebration. A huge congratulations to NCDHR for the tremendous achievements over the past 20 years. A Dalit Manifesto was also released at the event, ahead of the 2019 Parliamentary Elections in India. Read the Dalit Manifesto here.
2018  ncdhr  india  caste  dalit 
february 2019 by idsn
New IDSN strategy presented at the General Assembly 2018 (IDSN News)
IDSN members and associates from across the globe met in Geneva in November for the IDSN General Assembly. The assembly spread over two days brimming with energy, new ideas, and a determination to strengthen the fight for human rights, justice and equality for all, irrespective of caste.
IDSN  idsnnews  2018  organisation  strategy  governance  caste  Dalit 
february 2019 by idsn
Opinion | Twitter’s Caste Problem (The New York Times)
Dalits and other Indian gender, religious, tribal and ethnic minorities are regularly harassed on Twitter by right-wing troll armies.
twitter  nytimes  press  press_global  oinion  caste  socialmedia  dalit  dalitwomenfight  dalitwomen  women  India  2018 
december 2018 by idsn
UN CEDAW committee voices concern over difficulties faced by Dalit women in Nepal (IDSN News)
UN experts on gender discrimination voiced concerns over the difficulties elected Dalit women face in Nepal, the need for proportional inclusion of Dalit women in the Judiciary, and extreme poverty faced by many Dalit women as a result of discrimination and stigmatization. The comments were made by the CEDAW committee members at the review of the 6th periodic report of Nepal, on 23 October 2018.
dalitwomenfight  dalit  dalitwomen  women  nepal  UN  cedaw  treatybodies  2018  news  IDSN  idsnnews 
november 2018 by idsn
#dalitwomenfight documentary - 11 mins
A short film produced by All India Dalit Mahila Adhikar Manch to highlight the impunity of caste-based sexual violence and the barriers to justice that Dalit women face in India
video  India  dalit  dalitwomen  women  womenkey  2018  violence  violence_against_women  rape  sexual_violence 
october 2018 by idsn
Australian Parliament passes motion on caste-based discrimination (IDSN)
The Australian Parliament has passed a landmark motion urging the Government to take action on fighting caste-based discrimination. The motion requests the government to consider interventions in inclusion and non-discrimination in humanitarian aid; inclusive recruitment practice and management practice in all business partners; and strengthening policy and human rights dialogues for the elimination of caste-based discrimination in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The motion also urges the Government to support projects combating caste-based discrimination through Australian International Development Programmes.
IDSN  2018  caste  globalsolidarity  dalit  legislation 
october 2018 by idsn
Regional conference on equal access to justice calls for action to end caste discrimination (IDSN news)
IDSN member the Feminist Dalit Organisation – FEDO, in collaboration with Nepal Human Rights Commission and Open Society Justice Initiative, organised a three-day conference on "Equal access to justice for all: Using law to dismantle caste based discrimination in South Asia." This was attended by national human rights practitioners and advocates from the region, key state champions and regional actors to highlight the state and national efforts to advance the rights of Dalit and marginalized communities. The practitioners shared their experiences, examples of how organizations and coalitions are implementing wide-ranging changes to advance justice, and discuss ways that legal advocates and community partners can collaborate across organizations and coalitions to forge a way forward.
2018  Nepal  caste  conference  justice  women  dalit  dalitwomen  dalitwomenfight 
october 2018 by idsn
IDSN engages with the 39th Session of the UN Human Rights Council (IDSN)
IDSN engaged with the 39th Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC), held in the Palais des Nations from the 10th to the 28th of September 2018. IDSN delivered statements, lobbied Member States and OHCHR staff and met with the High Commissioner and the NGO Committee. Read a summary of IDSN's interventions in this IDSN news piece.
2018  hrc  UN  hrc39  sr_slavery  sr_water  dalit  caste  slavery  water_sanitation  idsn  idsnnews  news  justice  women  dalitwomen 
october 2018 by idsn
Dalit women participate in the European Development days (IDSN news)
Dalit women activists from India and Nepal took part in the European Development days to share their experiences with, and learn from, other women activists fighting similar struggles across the globe. The women also shared their stories with EU officials and development actors.
idsn  idsnnews  2018  caste  eu_commission  eu  dalitwomen  dalit  women  Nepal  India 
october 2018 by idsn
Amnesty and HRW ask India to stop arresting Dalit rights activists on politically motivated grounds
Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have released a statement asking the Indian Government to end politically motivated arrests of Dalit rights activists who are simply doing their work to defend human rights in the country. IDSN continuously raises this issue in international fora and fully endorses and supports this statement.
amnesty  HRW  ingo  2018  idsnnews  statement  press_release  news  IDSN  humanrights  hrdefenders  hr_defenders  justice  justicekey  India  indiakey  caste  dalit  key 
august 2018 by idsn
Five female anti-trafficking activists kidnapped and raped in India - EU responds (IDSN)
The EU High Representative on Foreign Affairs has reiterated the EU’s commitment to fighting caste-based discrimination and gender-based violence, following the rape of five female anti-trafficking activists in India, earlier this summer. The women were performing a play against human trafficking in Jharkhand state when they were abducted and gang-raped.
EU  MEP  EP  India  women  caste  dalit  eu_parliament  eu_commission  2018  idsnnews  rape  sexual_violence  atrocities 
august 2018 by idsn
India chapter of the 2018 EU Annual Human Rights Report
Passages related to IDSN's work are highlighted.
EU  2018  caste  dalit  EEAS  Report  India 
august 2018 by idsn
Nepal chapter of the 2018 EU Annual Human Rights Report
Passages related to IDSN's work are highlighted.
Nepal  EU  2018  caste  dalit  EEAS  Report 
august 2018 by idsn
EU Parliamentary Q&A on EU action on caste-based discrimination and the EU-India summit
Question by MEP: Did the VP/HR express concern during the 14th Summit to the Indian representatives about the persistent
discrimination against the Dalit community, and Dalit women in particular, urging India to take steps to put an end to all
abuses against Dalits? 2. Does the VP/HR accept that progress in negotiating any future free trade agreement with
India should be conditional on India taking steps to effectively tackle discrimination against Dalits?
Answer given by Vice-President Mogherini on behalf of the Commission
2018  caste  dalit  EU  ep  eu_parliament  europeanparliamentref  eu_commission 
july 2018 by idsn
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