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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 […]

Caste and Gender Justice event at the UN Human Rights Council

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 […]

#NoCasteLeftBehind at the European Development Days

The European Development Days 2019 brought together over eight thousand participants from all over the world to discuss the theme Addressing inequalities: Building a world which leaves no one behind. At the IDSN #NoCasteLeftBehind […]

July 5th, 2019|Dalit Women, European Union, Human Rights Defenders|

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 […]

June 29th, 2019|Dalit Women, Human Rights Defenders, Nepal, United Nations|

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 […]

May 24th, 2019|Business, Caste-based slavery, Dalit Children, Dalit Women, India|

Brick kiln workers stand up for their rights (Anti-Slavery International)

Read about the Dalit family’s struggle to break out of bonded labour here >>

April 4th, 2019|Business, Caste-based slavery, India|

Study finds Dalits working in forced and child labour in India’s garment industry

The report offers the most wide-reaching and comprehensive investigation into the conditions of work in India’s home-based garment sector.

“Time and time again studies find that Dalits in the global supply chains are working in […]

March 29th, 2019|Business, Dalit Children, Dalit Women, India|

Dalit women defenders featured by UN Women on Women’s Day (Video)

Asha Kowtal, General Secretary of the Dalit Women’s Movement AIDMAM-NCDHR, an IDSN member talks about the Dalit Women Fight movement in this UN Women & Google collaboration 5 minute video.

“We are not silent. You […]

Amnesty India raise concern over “disturbing number of hate crimes” targeting Dalits and Muslims in 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 […]

March 5th, 2019|Access to justice, Human Rights Defenders, India, Violence and atrocities|