Amnesty International India Researcher, Nusrat Khan, was in Germany between Sept 6 and 12 on an invitation from the India core group of AI Germany to participate in a conference and interactions with local Amnesty groups centered around our work on the Ready to Report project.

The interactions and conference were co-organised by the International Dalit Solidarity Network (IDSN) with Asha Kowtal, General Secretary, All India Dalit Mahila Adhikar Manch and Manuela Ott from IDSN.

The focus here was to talk about the women rights issues in India and work of different organisations in the area. Nusrat shared Amnesty International India’s work in the area so far. She about the research, advocacy and campaigns element of the project including our partnership with the Bangalore Police and pilot in Bangalore. To explain the nature of difficulties women may face in reporting sexual violence to the police, she also narrated a couple of survivor stories, that were published as a part of our collaboration with The Ladies Finger.

Asha spoke specifically about violence and discrimination faced by Dalit women in India. She broke down the hierarchical caste system in India and how that marginalizes women belonging to the Dalit community, to an extra degree. She, also, shared the trailer of a movie ‘Dalit women fight’.