Voice of Dalit International

Voice of Dalit International (VODI) was formed in 1999 to internationalise the appalling plight of Dalits (former ‘Untouchables’) of South Asia and the Diaspora. Dalits suffer extreme discrimination on the basis of caste (discrimination based on occupation and descent) and as out castes ‘of the caste structure are treated as “lesser humans” and as less than animals. They live in abject poverty and form 1/3rd of the Global poor (444 million) of all faiths in South Asia and there are approximately 1 million from different caste practicing countires living in the UK.

Voice of Dalit International (VODI) was formed in 1999 to internationalise the appalling plight of Dalits (former ‘Untouchables’) of South Asia and the Diaspora. Dalits suffer extreme discrimination on the basis of caste (discrimination based on occupation and descent) and as out castes ‘of the caste structure are treated as “lesser humans” and as less than animals. They live in abject poverty and form 1/3rd of the Global poor (444 million) of all faiths in South Asia and there are approximately 1 million from different caste practicing countires living in the UK. They are generically called 'Dalits' the historical broken people and victims of  caste discrimination. VODI  works to create awareness to the international community by questioning the aid policies against Dalits. Our organisation works locally, nationally and internationally. Locally we work in the London Boruough of Ealing. Nationally we work with the Diaspora caste affected communities, helped to form their own camapigning organisation - CasteWatchUK in 2004 and working together with other campaigning organisations for making caste discrrimination illegal in the UK.

Internationally, we work with partners in India. Through our indian Partners we have helped to form DALITAID-India, a national level consortium of Dalit led NGOs. DALITAID- Inida, apart from strnghtening its member organisations is involved in starting a Model Dalit Community Developemnt Project in Orissa in similar lines as Marianad Community Development Project in Kerals. Among other projects we had a five year DFID funding of alomost half a million to enhance the primary education of Dalit children in Bundelkhand  in North India - in UP an MP states.

We organise  conferences and seminarsother to highlight the human rights violations of Dalits and their development problems. We also work for their socio-educational development by supporting projects in India and internationally and by initiating new organisations and structures in order for them to deal effectively with their own issues. Our organisation has 2 full time and 6 part time staff members. We also draw on a bank of volunteers for special events.