“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 Day 2021 in Nepal – organised by the EU delegation to Nepal.

Ms. Pariyar spoke about the rise of violence against Dalit women in Nepal, caste discrimination in education and society in general and the lack of action from authorities to address the deteriorating human rights situation for Dalits in Nepal. She also pointed out the great challenges faced by Dalit women parliamentarians and that true political inclusion must go beyond just electing Dalit women to also ensure due political influence.

Watch the video from the event:

Panel discussion on Women in Nepal (Video by European Union in Nepal)