ICDR’s Global Initiatives are among the leading activities of the organization, with a goal to educate and alert the global community about the Dalit Rights Movement and integrate this movement with global social justice, human rights, and development efforts. The Global Initiatives’ objectives are to:
a) strengthen links among the UN and international organizations for the eradication of caste-based discrimination, violence, and inequality; b) identify strategies to increase the capacity of caste-affected countries to respond to, and mitigate, the harms of caste-discrimination; c) advocate the passing of a binding resolution against caste-based discrimination by the U.S. Congress; and, d) educate member nations of the United Nations to endorse the UN’s “Draft Principles and Guidelines for the Effective Elimination of Discrimination Based on Work and Descent” established by the UN Human Rights Council (A/HRC/11/CRP.3).
The ICDR Board has formed a Sub-Committee on Global Initiatives to develop and oversee global advocacy initiatives. This Committee is responsible for planning activities, developing collaborative strategies, and building networks of Dalit Civil Society and other stakeholders. The Committee Members are:
Mr. Krishna Sob, Co-Chair, Coordinate Diaspora and Dalit organizations
Mr. Rick Gold, Co-Chair, Coordinate US policy-makers and other stakeholders
Mr. Farook Sait, Esq., Member
Ms. Elizabeth Clay Roy, Member
Dr. Ramesh Sunar, Member
Ms. Wendy Serafin, member
Ms. Anita Mohandas, Executive member
The ICDR, in collaboration with Dalit, Ambedkarate, and international organizations, has launched the programs: Global Conference on Defending Dalit Rights (2015), and Global March against Caste-based Discrimination (2014).