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Caste and gender inequalities: Policy and Dalit women in Maharashtra, India (Swati Kamble, PhD)

donderdag, 10 januari, 2019 - 12:30 to donderdag, 10 januari, 2019 - 14:00
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Pleinlaan 5
Van Gogh room 5.61
Research Seminar

Using Intersectionality Based Policy Approach (IBPA), this research traces the historical trajectory of Dalit (lower caste) women’s distinct mobilization and analyses the influences of their intersectional activism on the policy processes in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Further it studies the effects of the movement on Dalit women from the slums of Mumbai, when accessing the benefits of the Maharashtra government’s micro-credit scheme for women’s economic development. Studying the historical trajectory of Dalit women’s mobilization and how these activists understand and ‘do’ intersectionality while negotiating for their rights at the policy level, is a pertinent insight into how decision makers can attend more effectively to the needs of marginalized groups such as Dalit women. Furthermore, studying how Dalit women try to access policy benefits, by mobilizing themselves at the grassroots level and by using formal and informal ways of negotiations, gives insight into how Dalit women’s movement has empowered them.