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In India, the caste system still lingers despite decades of government efforts to reduce discrimination of Dalits, whose traditional livelihoods relegated them as “untouchables.” Dalit women face the double discrimination of caste and gender.
In the village of Shamshallapur, in Andhra Pradesh state’s Medak district, Nirnaya has partnered with two organized groups of illiterate Dalit women to evaluate and plan their efforts to increase labor rights. Nirnaya’s adapted Making the Case™ framework has allowed the women to take small steps to achieve greater financial and social equality.
Recognizing small steps can lead to big changes, the women: