There are over two-hundred million Dalits– people designated as "untouchable" – across South Asia. Dalit women are subject to greater oppression than men: many are denied access to education, meaningful employment and healthcare and are subjected to temple prostitution and rape. A Cry for Dignity explores the lives of Dalit women and the violence they face and examines whether their spirituality – manifest in songs, stories and myth – is a source of strength or oppression. The lives of Dalit women on the subcontinent are set within the broader context of Dalits in the diaspora. A Cry for Dignity presents the plight of Dalit women from the unique perspective of their own movements for solidarity and justice.
Introduction 1. Caste in a Culture of Globalisation 2. Born a Woman and Dalit: The Poisoned Chalice – the Daily Life of Dalit Women 3. Religion, Violence and Dalit Women 4. Purity, Pollution and a Worsening Oppression 5. The Spirituality of Dalit Women - Sustaining or Oppressing? 6. Dalit Women, Christianity and Christian Church 7. Feminist Liberation Theology: A Resource for Dalit Women? 8. Opposition to Untouchability: Gandhi and Ambedkar 9. Dalit Women – Looking to the Future Appendix A: International Dalit Solidarity Network: Employment and Additional Principles on Economic and Social Exclusion Formulated to Assist all Foreign Investors in South Asia to Address Caste Discrimination Appendix B: Dalit Solidarity Network UK: Foul Play Appendix C: The 22 Vows of Ambedkar