Feminist Dalit Organisation – International Award Winner – 2011

The Feminist Dalit Organisation (FEDO) was established in 1994 by a group of Dalit (low caste) women in Nepal to fight caste and gender discrimination and build a fair and equal society. FEDO promotes the rights of Dalit women and works on issues including health and sanitation, food security, political empowerment and access to justice as well as working to end violence against women and girls across Nepal. Womankind is nominating FEDO for the Emma Humphreys Prize as we believe their participatory approach to ending violence against women and commitment to increasing community ownership of projects is impressive and effective. Their programmes provide Dalit women with the awareness and empowerment they need to improve their lives and the women themselves influence and inform FEDO’s strategy and create change at the grassroots level.