National Federation of Dalit Women

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The National Federation of Dalit Women (NFDW) is a non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting the rights of Dalit women internationally. NFDW was founded by Ruth Manorama in 1995.

History[edit]

The National Federation of Dalit Women (NFDW) was begun as an idea in 1993 by Ruth Manorama when she helped organize a hearing in Bangalore on the topic of violence against Dalit women.[1][2] This led to NFDW being founded in 1995.[2] Later at the World Conference on Women in Beijing, NFDW participated, with Manorama being the group's representative.[3]

NFDW created several early goals, including creating several national and state-level committees, tracking crimes against Dalit people, creating resources and providing scholarships for Dalit women's educations.[4] In 2001, NFDW with Manorama, participated in the World Conference Against Racism, where they "translated and discussed caste discrimination in a manner that seemed to amplify its global resonance."[5] In 2006, NFDW, along with the National Campaign for Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR) held the first national conference on violence against Dalit women in the city of New Delhi.[5]

About[edit]

The organization is secular, democratically controlled and works on Dalit women's issues and also represents Dalit women both nationally and internationally.[6][7] NFDW works with local and regional Dalit women's groups to share issues and concerns with one another.[5] NFDW also helps women take legal action against violence and helps provide leadership opportunities.[8]

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Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Bhattacharya, Swarnima (27 August 2016). "The Making and Unmaking of a Dalit Woman Leader". The Wire. Retrieved 2018-08-12.
  2. ^ a b "Women Empowerment: Dr Ruth Manorama, President, National Alliance of Women". Challenger Awards. Retrieved 2018-08-12.
  3. ^ Smith 2008, p. 9.
  4. ^ Mehta 2017, p. 233.
  5. ^ a b c Mehta 2017, p. 234.
  6. ^ Subramaniam, Mangala (2006). The Power of Women's Organizing: Gender, Caste, and Class in India. Lexington Books. pp. 59–60. ISBN 9780739113288.
  7. ^ Mehta 2017, p. 232.
  8. ^ Manorama, Ruth. "Background Information on Dalit Women in India" (PDF). Right Livelihood Award. Retrieved 12 August 2018.

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