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A Cry for Dignity free pdf This book tackles caste-based violence by focusing on the position of Dalit women in India. Of 200 million Dalits nearly 50 per cent are women, often referred to as thrice Dalit, as they suffer from the triple oppressions of poverty, being female and being female Dalits. They are frequently let down by both the Dalit movement itself as well as the women's movement in India that focuses more on social problems like dowry deaths - more relevant for caste women and not those outside the caste system. Many Dalit women are denied access to education, to meaningful employment, health provision and are the first to suffer the negative effects of globalisation. Access to upper caste wells is forbidden. Worst of all, Dalit women are exposed to many forms of violence (including temple prostitution) and are frequently raped as a way to humiliate Dalit men. The degrading work of scavenging - removing human excrement - falls mostly on Dalit women, since men are more likely to be upwardly-mobile. Despite all of this, a new strength now emerges in challenging caste boundaries, contributing to self esteem and a stronger sense of identity. The strong spirituality of Dalit women has sustained strength through songs and stories, and in some cases by subverting patriarchy through ironically re-shaping traditional myths. The book focuses on Dalit Women's own movements, leadership and achievements and will set the struggle in an international arena, including Dalit discrimination in the UK. The book ends in suggesting forms of action from Church, society and feminist theology to show solidarity with and effect social change for Dalit women.

About Mary Grey

Mary Grey is a writer and theologian, currently Research Fellow at St Mary's University College, Twickenham, and Professor Emeritus of the University of Wales, Lampeter. She and her husband Dr Nicholas Grey are co-founders of the NGO Wells for India working for water provision and women's situation in the drought-prone state of Rajasthan. She is also a patron and former trustee of the Dalit Solidarity Network UK and has worked on the situation of Dalit women with the Centre for Dalit Studies in New Delhi. Recent books include Sacred Longings: Ecofeminist Theology and Globalisation (SCM, 2003, Fortress, 2004), Pursuing the Dream: A Jewish Christian Conversation with Rabbi Dan Cohn Sherbok (Darton, Longman and Todd, 2005) and To Rwanda and Back: Liberation Spirituality and Reconciliation (Darton, Longman and Todd, 2007).

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Author : Mary Grey
Publisher : Equinox Publishing Ltd
Data Published : 09 September 2010
ISBN : 1845536061
EAN : 9781845536060
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 192 pages
Age + : 18 years
Language : English
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