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Join IDSN for the preview screening of ‘I am Belmaya’ – a Dalit woman’s transformative journey in Nepal

Please join IDSN for an exclusive online preview of the upcoming, award-winning feature documentary I Am Belmaya, with live Q&A on Thurs 7 Oct with director Sue Carpenter and co-director/subject Belmaya Nepali, hosted by IDSN.

September 14th, 2021|Dalit Women, Human Rights Defenders, Nepal|

Dalit women and girls targets of caste-based sexual violence

On a Sunday evening in early August, a nine-year old Dalit girl went to a crematorium across the street from her dwelling in the Indian capital Delhi to fetch cool drinking water. She never […]

September 14th, 2021|Bangladesh, Dalit Women, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Violence and atrocities|

India’s health inequality severely affects Dalits

Indian society is extremely unequal. Decent healthcare is a luxury mainly available to those who can afford it. The poor and marginalised, including Dalits, are much more likely to suffer from ill health than […]

New Report: Dalits work in slavery-like conditions in India’s cotton seed production

The new report Seeds of Oppression by ARISA describes slavery-like conditions in Gujarat’s cotton sees industry. Workers, many Dalits, produce cotton seed, yet receive no wages and owe the landowner debts.

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August 3rd, 2021|Business, India|

Champion of tribal (and Dalit) rights dies following imprisonment

Father Stan Swamy, 84, a courageous and dedicated campaigner for the rights of India’s indigenous Adivasi community, has died from Covid-19 complications. He had been imprisoned on terrorism charges since October 2020.

A powerful […]

July 7th, 2021|Access to justice, Human Rights Defenders, India|

OECD Watch report says revised OECD guidelines should specifically include caste

The report Get Fit: Closing gaps in the OECD Guidelines to make them fit for purpose stresses the need to address discrimination based on caste explicitly in the OECD Guidelines that are up for revision. IDSN is working with OECD Watch and ARISA (Advocating Rights in South Asia) to ensure that these revisions take note of the prevalence of caste in Multinational Enterprises.

June 30th, 2021|Business, Dalit Women, India, South Asia|

IDSN Submission to the UN Special Rapporteur report on SDGs

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UN Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues
Minorities, Equal Participation, Social and Economic Development, and the 2030 Agenda for SustainableDevelopment 
Submission from the International Dalit Solidarity Network (IDSN) – June 2021
Introduction
Many of […]

June 8th, 2021|South Asia, United Nations|

New report: Dalit women working under “deplorable conditions” in Indian spinning mills, supplying global brands

“Based on our research, we conclude that the living and working conditions in the textile industry in Tamil Nadu are deplorable. In the worst case, this amounts to forced labour. Buying companies must take […]

May 28th, 2021|Business, Caste-based slavery, Dalit Women, India|

New report: Dalit Women Rise for Justice – Status Report 2021 released by AIDMAM-NCDHR

The Status Report is a compilation of AIDMAM’s efforts in assisting Dalit women through monitoring and advocacy with the police and administration in cases of caste and gender based violence in all operational states. […]

Dalit activist speaks out on caste and gender discrimination at Europe Day in Nepal

“Dalit women are not only objects of pity and development handouts, they should be treated as genuine collaborators,” said Sarita Pariyar, writer, social activist and Board member of the Samata Foundation, speaking at Europe […]