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Successful workshop on strategies to tackle caste and gender discrimination held at Beijing +25 regional CSO Forum

Participants and presenters shared stories, ideas and strategies at the workshop Minority Women: 25 Years as Agents of Change Together organised by IDSN International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism (IMADR) at […]

Workshop on strategies to tackle caste and gender discrimination at Beijing +25 regional CSO Forum

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November 22nd, 2019|Dalit Women, Human Rights Defenders, United Nations|

IDSN Participates at UN Global Consultation on Business and Human Rights

Henri Tiphange, 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 […]

November 10th, 2019|Business, Caste-based slavery, United Nations|

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.

The report, Due diligence in […]

October 11th, 2019|Business, Dalit Women|

Seminar on vulnerable workers in global supply chains focusing on caste – Copenhagen 12th November

The Danish Ethical Trading Initiative (DIEH) is hosting an international seminar on the challenges faced by marginalised groups, working under some of the most difficult conditions in global supply chains, discussing how addressing discrimination and injustice […]

October 2nd, 2019|Business, Caste-based slavery|

Caste discrimination raised at the UN Human Rights Council’s 42nd Session

During the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the Contemporary forms of Slavery, Minority Rights Group (MRG) and IDSN delivered a joint statement highlighting some features of slavery today that affect Dalits, in […]

October 1st, 2019|Caste-based slavery, United Nations, Water and Sanitation|

No more silence: Companies must address caste in their global supply chains

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 […]

September 26th, 2019|Bangladesh, Business, Caste-based slavery, Dalit Children, Dalit Women, India, Nepal, Pakistan, South Asia, UK|

Coming up: IDSN to present at ALNAP 32nd Annual Meeting on priorities in humanitarian action

15-16 October
ALNAP 32nd Annual Meeting
‘Relevant for whom? Responding to diverse perspectives and priorities in humanitarian action’. IDSN will be presenting on the caste-related barriers to disaster relief and prevention in caste-affected countries. Read […]

September 10th, 2019|Humanitarian Aid, South Asia|

Landless Dalits, hit hardest by disasters, are last to get relief

Cyclone Fani flattened the entire village of Talamala in Puri district when it made landfall on May 5, 2019. It wrecked homes and destroyed crops mostly cultivated by small farmers. But it inflicted the […]

August 18th, 2019|Humanitarian Aid, India|

1500 survivors of rape and sexual violence and their families sign a letter to the Supreme Court of India

Communication from IDSN member Jan Sahas: 

Rashtriya Garima Abhiyan, a survivor centric forum with more than 12,000 survivors of sexual violence and their families today submitted to the Supreme Court of India a letter expressing […]