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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
#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
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
“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
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
2018 Trafficking in Persons Report - India (US State Department)
Most of India's trafficking problem is internal, and those from the most disadvantaged social strata – lowest caste Dalits, members of tribal communities, religious minorities, and women and girls from excluded groups – are most vulnerable. Within India, some are subjected to forced labor in sectors such as construction, steel, garment, and textile industries, wire manufacturing for underground cables, biscuit factories, pickling, floriculture, fish farms, and ship breaking. Workers within India who mine for sand are potentially vulnerable to human trafficking. Thousands of unregulated work placement agencies reportedly lure adults and children under false promises of employment into sex trafficking or forced labor, including domestic servitude.
trafficking  slavery  sexual_violence  2018  report  caste  india  women 
february 2019 by idsn
Human Trafficking in India: Abuse from the Rural Elite and the Wider Implications (Foreign Policy Association, 2018)
Approximately 70 percent of trafficking victims in India belong to Scheduled Castes or Tribes – also called ‘Dalit’ classes – and are among the most disadvantaged socio-economic groups in India.
trafficking  slavery  childlabour  migration  caste  india  2018  sexual_violence  study 
february 2019 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
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
The need to address caste-based violence highlighted in international annual human rights reports (IDSN news 2018)
The newly released Human Rights Watch World Report 2018, Amnesty International Report 2018 and the US State Department reports on India and Nepal, find that caste-based discrimination and violence remain a serious threat as hate crimes against Dalits are widespread. Some of the other themes raised in the reports include discrimination in accessing services, ´manual scavenging´ and bonded labour. Read the IDSN summary of these reports
2018  idsnnews  idsn  news  ingo  india  nepal  amnesty  HRW  usstatedept  atrocities  violence  violence_against_women  women  dalitwomen  sexual_violence 
july 2018 by idsn
“Everyone Blames Me” – new report on barriers to justice for sexual assault survivors in India
Survivors of rape and other forms of sexual assault in India face severe barriers to justice and are not receiving the support that the State are obligated to offer them, finds a new report by Human Rights Watch. The report raises particular concern for ‘low caste’ survivors and other marginalised groups.
HRW  2017  report  idsn  news  idsnnews  dalitwomenfight  women  dalit  caste  sexual_violence  justice  justicekey  womenkey  India  indiakey  ingo 
december 2017 by idsn
Report: The challenges of Access to Justice and Social and Medical support for Survivors of Rape and Sexual Abuse (Jan Sahas, 2017)
IDSN member Jan Sahas have released a report from the recently held “National Consultation on the Challenges of Access to Social and Medical support and Justice for Survivors of Rape and Sexual Abuse”. The consultation discussed the role of police, medical, judiciary and family to ensure justice for survivors of rape and sexual abuse. The report outlines perspectives, key concerns and offers a number of concrete recommendations for action. Survivors, representatives of relevant government departments and commissions, policy makers and representatives from the judiciary, civil society, media, lawyers, and UN agencies participated in the consultation.
caste  Dalit  justice  violence  violence_against_women  sexual_violence  recommendations  2017  india  jansahas 
april 2017 by idsn
Case study: Dalits with disabilities in India (Minority Stories, 2016)
Dalits, long victim to a caste-based system of social hierarchy that regards them as ‘untouchables’, comprise around 17 per cent of India’s total population.[i] While caste-based discrimination was outlawed in 1955, the social phenomenon of caste persists and is imparted through birth. As a result, Dalits still face severe hardship and exclusion from mainstream society, with prejudicial attitudes and practices underlying much of Indian society today.
press  press_global  2016  IDSN  Dalit  caste  India  discrimination  sexual_violence  women  ncdhr 
april 2017 by idsn
Teenage Dalit girl raped, body found hanging from tree (ABP Live)
In a grim reminder of the infamous Badaun incident, a teenage Dalit girl was raped and her body was later found hanging from a tree in Nighasan area of the district, police said on Thursday.
Dalit  india  caste  atrocities  violence  violence_against_women  murder  rape  2015  press  february2015  sexual_violence  children  women 
february 2015 by idsn
India, Enforce Protection For "Untouchables" (World Policy Institute)
Because India’s jurisprudence remains ill-equipped to stringently provide legal protection for Dalits, human traffickers easily kidnap and lure vulnerable Dalit women and girls into prostitution and child marriage and men and children into bonded labor in factories and on farms.
slavery  atrocities  violence  caste  press  2014  india  labour  prostitution  sexual_violence  justice  dalit  women  impunity 
january 2015 by idsn
'Boys Will Be Boys' (FP)
Quote: "A Dalit doesn't have a 'right' to say no to rape"
rape  caste  press  2014  sexual_violence  violence_against_women  politics  India  dalit  women 
october 2014 by idsn
'Sexual violence against Dalits on rise in Haryana' (Hindustan Times)
The report was prepared by Women Against Sexual Violence and State Repression (WSS), some survivors and kin of survivors. The report deals with the atrocities committed against the naive and innocent girls in the name of caste politics. It deals with their experiences and also suggests some demands to enable them to lead a dignified and meaningful life.
press  2014  sexual_violence  rape  india  violence_against_women  wss  statistics  caste  dalit  women 
october 2014 by idsn
What Is the Root Cause of India's Epidemic of Violence Against Women? (LinkAsia)
"In the wake of a disturbing, high-profile rape and murder of two girls in Uttar Pradesh, a northern state with one of the highest occurrences of violent crime against women in India, UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay urges Prime Minister Modi to address the deep-rooted caste system that she deems responsible."
video  press  caste  un  pillay  hrc26  sideevent  violence_against_women  rape  sexual_violence  dalit  women  hrc 
october 2014 by idsn
UN Rights Chief Calls Time on Caste-Based Sex Attacks (AFP)
AFP News story that generated stories worldwide in many different media outlets
un  high_commissioner  pillay  caste  2014  press  sexual_violence  rape  hrc26  dalit  women  hrc  press_global 
october 2014 by idsn
Sexual violence against Dalit women: Minister Timmermans discusses Dalit issue with Indian government - commitment in UN still largely absent (DNN News)
MPs from the Dutch political parties ChristianUnion, Socialist Party, GreenLeft, D66 and SGP urged the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Timmermans on June 11 to raise the issue of mostly unpunished violence against Dalit women with the Indian government, the UN Human Rights Council and the EU.
dnn  press  caste  2014  violence_against_women  rape  sexual_violence  netherlands  parliamentarians  dalit  women 
october 2014 by idsn
Report: Sexual Assault On Four Girls In Haryana In The Context Of Dalit Rights To Common Land
Conclusion of report: The sexual assault on the four girls is clearly a casteist attack that is often used to assert caste domination. It was intended to silence the people, who dared to question their authority or power.The incidents in Bhagana are a perfect example of the impunity that the powerful and dominant caste groups enjoy when they commit crimes on the oppressed and marginalised sections of society. Their confidence that they can get away with anything they do makes them repeat these crimes again and again.
report  caste  india  2014  press  land_rights  rape  sexual_violence  violence_against_women  dalit  women  statistics 
october 2014 by idsn
Report: UN HRC26 side-event on Caste-Based Violence Against Women The Role Of The Un In Combatting Caste-Based Violence And Discrimination
The side-event heard calls from top UN officials for a coherent and coordinated approach
from the UN in tackling caste-based violence and discrimination, with a particular focus on
women and girls. Ms. Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, expressed great concern for the issue of caste-based violence and discrimination. UN Women - Saraswathi Menon also spoke passionately against caste discrimination.
report  key  idsn  publication  2014  un  high_commissioner  pillay  event  unsideevent  hrc  hrc26  rape  violence_against_women  violence  sexual_violence  unwomen  sr_minorities  quotes  hrw  bderm  unagencies  caste  dalit  dalitwomenfight  women  specialprocedures  indiakey  womenkey  justicekey  unkey 
october 2014 by idsn
IDSN recommendations on Dalit women to the UN Human Rights Council
Report and press release on HRC26 side-event on ‘caste-based violence against women’ Calls came from top UN officials for a coherent and coordinated approach from the UN in tackling caste-based violence and discrimination, with a particular focus on women and girls. Ms. Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, expressed great concern for the issue of caste-based violence and discrimination and UN Women Policy Director, Saraswathi Menon, summed up the sentiments of the speakers in her statement, “Words and legislation is not enough we need concrete action.The UN has an important role to play and must step up to the plate to help stop caste-based violence against women.” The event had a high attendance and good state representation. Read IDSN’s joint press release, the report from the side-event and the IDSN recommendations to the UN on caste-based discrimination and violence against women.
report  idsnnews  caste  2014  event  un  hrc  hrc26  high_commissioner  pillay  unsideevent  rape  violence_against_women  violence  sexual_violence  unref  IDSN  dalit  dalitwomenfight  women  news  key  unkey 
october 2014 by idsn
UN Human Rights Chief to speak out on caste-based rape and violence at HRC26 side-event
On Tuesday 17th June the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Navi Pillay, will give the opening statement at a side-event on caste-based violence against women, at the UN Human Rights Council. The event comes following a series of brutal rape cases against Dalit women and the rape and hanging of two teenage cousins in India.
idsnnews  2014  news  idsn  caste  high_commissioner  pillay  event  unsideevent  un  hrc  hrc26  rape  violence_against_women  violence  sexual_violence  dalit  dalitwomenfight  women 
october 2014 by idsn
Dalit women fight! (IDSN leaflet on Dalit Women)
The leaflet contains information on Dalit women’s human rights, key issues, cases, quotes from activists, INGOs, the UN and the EU and calls to action.
caste  2014  publication  idsn  rape  quotes  ingo  sexual_violence  hr_defenders  key  justice  dalit  dalitwomenfight  case  women  impunity  resistance  womenkey  hrdefenders 
october 2014 by idsn
200 major atrocities against Dalits in UP- India from 2012 to May 2014
Collection of press clippings on atrocities in Uttar Pradesh from 2012- May 2014 by PMARC
press  2014  caste  atrocities  statistics  violence  rape  gangrape  sexual_violence  scstact  india  2012  2013  dalit 
october 2014 by idsn
Raped, 4 Haryana teens on stir (The Times of India)
The rape and murder of the two teenage girls in Uttar Pradesh's Badaun district last Wednesday sent shockwaves across the country, and also threw into focus four rape survivors from Bhagana village in Hisar, Haryana, who have been protesting at Jantar Mantar in the national capital since April 16.
2014  press  rape  violence  violence_against_women  sexual_violence  gangrape  caste  india  resistance  dalit  dalitwomenfight  women 
october 2014 by idsn
Global media outrage over rape and hanging of teenage girls in India
The case of the rape and hanging of two girls in Badaun, Uttar Pradesh, has caused a global media storm of reports on rape and violence against women in India and the strong links to caste discrimination. Numerous stories have highlighted that India’s ‘rape culture’ and ‘culture of impunity’ will not end until caste discrimination is tackled head on. Leading Human Rights NGOs and the UN have also made statements.
india  idsnnews  idsn  news  caste  2014  rape  violence  violence_against_women  sexual_violence  gangrape  HRW  BBC  Reuters  Independent  NYTimes  dalit  amnesty  women  press_global 
october 2014 by idsn
Selected press clippings on the 2014 rape and hanging of two low caste girls in Uttar Pradesh
Selected press clippings on the - Global media outrage over rape and hanging of teenage girls in India: The case of the rape and hanging of two girls in Badaun, Uttar Pradesh, has caused a global media storm of reports on rape and violence against women in India and the strong links to caste discrimination. Numerous stories have highlighted that India’s ‘rape culture’ and ‘culture of impunity’ will not end until caste discrimination is tackled head on. Leading Human Rights NGOs and the UN have also made statements.
2014  press  india  rape  violence  violence_against_women  sexual_violence  gangrape  caste  HRW  BBC  Reuters  Independent  NYTimes  dalit  amnesty  women  press_global 
october 2014 by idsn
Dalit women in India stage month-long march for justice
For a full month Dalit women have marched in India to fight the vicious cycle of caste and gender discrimination that severely restricts the lives of Dalit women and subjects them to violence, rape and violations of their basic human rights in almost every sphere.
news  idsnnews  2014  march2014  march  yatra  resistance  sexual_violence  atrocities  violence  india  justice  caste  dalit  dalitwomenfight  women  idsn  impunity  marches  activism 
october 2014 by idsn

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