There are over two-hundred million Dalits– people designated as "untouchable" – across South Asia. Dalit women are subject to greater oppression than men: many are denied access to education, meaningful employment and healthcare and are subjected to temple prostitution and rape. A Cry for Dignity explores the lives of Dalit women and the violence they face and examines whether their spirituality – manifest in songs, stories and myth – is a source of strength or oppression. The lives of Dalit women on the subcontinent are set within the broader context of Dalits in the diaspora. A Cry for Dignity presents the plight of Dalit women from the unique perspective of their own movements for solidarity and justice.
Taylor and Francis; June 2016
- ISBN 9781315478401
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- Title: A Cry for Dignity
- Author: Mary Grey
About The Author
Mary Grey is a writer and theologian, currently Research Fellow at St Mary's University College, Twickenham, UK and Professor Emeritus of the University of Wales, Lampeter, UK. She and her husband Dr Nicholas Grey are co-founders of the NGO Wells for India working for water provision and women's situation in the drought-prone state of Rajasthan. She is also a patron and former trustee of the Dalit Solidarity Network UK and has worked on the situation of Dalit women with the Centre for Dalit Studies in New Delhi. Recent books include Sacred Longings: Ecofeminist Theology and Globalisation (SCM, 2003, Fortress, 2004), Pursuing the Dream: A Jewish Christian Conversation with Rabbi Dan Cohn Sherbok (Darton, Longman and Todd, 2005) and To Rwanda and Back: Liberation Spirituality and Reconciliation (Darton, Longman and Todd, 2007).