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DALIT ADHIKAR NETWORK
Name Of The Initiative
Dalit Adhikar Network
Jai Bheem Vikas Shikshan Sansthan
Working together since
No Of People With Disability
Vulnerable Groups Reached
Dalit, Women and Children
Focus Areas Of Intervention
Empowering the communities to access their rights over land, water, forests and other commons; advocating for their participation in public welfare schemes; restoring rights of women and girls, and ensuring their safety; ensuring the rights of children, their education and protection; and advocating for providig them with equal socio-economic opportunities
Basic Information about the initiative
The Dalit Activists of the state of Rajasthan established the Dalit Adhikar Network, after assessing the situation of Dalit in the state where the feudal nature of political and socio-economical aspects of society perpetuates deprivation and exploitation of dalit community. In such a situation a platform was needed to address the issues related to Dalit by uniting the Dalit community for their constitutional and legal rights through the interventions of the civil society organizations working to ensure rights of dalit equality especially Non-Governmental Organization headed by dalits. The network has been supported by ActionAid to fight out the forces and causes of deprivation and discrimination.It was deeply realized that Non- Governmental Organizations which are working for Dalit Rights or have a prime mandate of working with Dalit are very few to verify the cause and effect of stateﾒs feudal nature in future. It was further realized that to advocate for Dalit issues, a state level platform would be a pre requisite. With this understanding, work was started as a NF with Centre for Dalit Rights, a Jaipur based Dalit rights organization, in 2006 with the prime objective to lead the process of network building in the state. Jai Bhim Vikas Shikshan Sansthan (JBVSS) has been a leading partner organization in this network. Mr. Tulsi Das Raj from JBVSS, convener of the network had successfully raised the issue of Dalit lands (Article 42 (B) of Rajasthan Tenancy Act 1956) in that time. It is also worth mentioning that the networkﾒs success has been progressive and taking shape at grass root level since then. In the process of network building it was also realized that to know of the actual situation of Dalits at the grass root level, initiatives at the grass root level also need to be nurtured and strengthened.
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