"Ours is a battle for freedom, ours is a battle not just for economical gains and political power, ours is a battle for reclamation of human personality”
— Babasaheb Ambedkar

Intersectionalities of Gender, Caste & Descent Discrimination in Implementation of SDGs - Moving towards a poverty free World

The Sustainable Development Goals is the new global developmental agenda which generated much debates and acceptance as the most popular development model through inclusion and participation with its people centric approach towards, policy making, policy implementation and follow up with the core focus on ‘leaving no one behind’. The positive approach propelled through SDGs has not translated into the global and national indicators, especially in terms of marginalized and vulnerable communities and their intersectionalities. Gender and caste are two major groups which have been under represented in the SDG both globally and national indicators and consultations.  

Discrimination based on work and descent (DWD) is a term is used to address various forms of discrimination, including caste-, work- and birth-based discrimination with over 260 million people living worldwide, and half of this are women. It is used as a mechanism to subordinate certain groups who are then severely discriminated against and restricted in accessing social, economic and political resources and opportunities.

The women from DWD communities faces multiple forms of discrimination, on the basis of gender, class, caste and even religion or ethnicity in many countries. These multiple forms of discrimination restrict Dalit’s women’s economic rights and reinforce dependence on men and non-dalit women. Because of this  economic entrapment, Dalit women also face various other kinds of exclusion, namely socio-political, civil and judicial discrimination and violence which will not be eradicated through addressing poverty alone and are vital for promoting prosperity

The side event envisages in understanding the issue, discuss the measures and practices and possible steps towards progress, inclusion and participation in the SDG process in tune with the SDG mottos of ‘leave no one behind’ and ‘life of dignity for all’.