What we do

Lobbying - DSN influences policy and changes practice DSN holds regular seminars and meetings on caste...

Caste Discrimination

Lobbying – DSN influences policy and changes practice

DSN holds regular seminars and meetings on caste at the Department for International Development, in Parliament, with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and at Party Conferences. Recently DSN lobbied for an adjournment debate on caste discrimination that took place in the House of Commons on 8th May 2007.


Campaigning -DSN holds governments, organisations and companies accountable to the international and national pledges and promises they have made.

DSN ensures caste is on the development agenda and campaigns for institutions to recognise caste discrimination and to work towards its eradication. DSN recently spoke about discrimination in employment practices at the shareholder meetings of UK banks working in India.

Awareness Raising -DSN ensures that caste is addressed by the UK Government, European Union, United Nations, faith based groups, trade unions, student groups and development agencies.

DSN provides a platform for the voices of those affected by caste to be heard – through speaker tours, producing and disseminating campaigning information, influencing the media and launching urgent action appeals. DSN have also ensured caste is on the agenda of the European Social Forums. DSN recently submitted a response to the Equalities Review calling for caste to be included as a ‘special characteristic’ in discrimination legislation alongside race, gender, disability, age, religion etc.

Research -DSN undertakes groundbreaking research into the issue and together with partners develops practical recommendations for change.

DSN recently published ‘No Escape’ one of the first studies of the incidence of caste based discrimination i the UK undertaken by Dalit communities living in Southall.

Annual Reports

For our annual reports, please refer to our Resources page or click here.

Partners and Supporters

DSN-UK is part of the International Dalit Solidarity Network (IDSN) based in Denmark . We work closely with organisations in Asia such as the National Campaign for Dalit Human Rights as well as other national Dalit Solidarity Networks in Europe.

We would like to thank the following organisations for their funding of DSN UK’s work : The Allan & Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust, Barrow Cadbury Trust, Body Shop Foundation, Christian Aid, Methodist Relief and Development Fund, St Clare and St Francis Trust, USPG, Wyndham Trust.