Partners to End Child Marriage: DSDC

Partners to End Child Marriage: DSDC

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The Dalit Social Development Center (DSDC) works with CARE in Nepal on the Tipping Point project to help end child marriage.  On the Tipping point, DSDC works in Kapilvastu. Established in July 2004, DSDC’s vision is to promote a self-reliant and dignified Dalit society, with a mission to mobilize Dalits in a participatory way and to facilitate their access to and control over local resources.  DSDC works to build leadership in Dalit communities using underlying causes of poverty analysis and social analysis tools, reflect group methods, and implementing leadership, skills, and professional trainings.  They also work to inform community groups of their rights, and facilitate their access to rights and resources by linking them to local networks and governments. 

Their priority groups are the poorest of the poor, poor, vulnerable, and socially excluded women, illiterates, and minority ethnic groups, as well as areas that are more rural and less aware of girls’ and Dalits’ rights.  Specific focus areas are: savings and credit groups, group formation and mobilization, leadership and skill development, conflict management, the promotion of human rights, and income generation.  They have both a gender and social inclusion advisor and a men’s engagement focal person that coordinates male engagement groups to promote gender equality.