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PARITTRAN

Dhaka, Bangladesh
Joined January 2015

Parittran is promoting rights of dalits in Bangladesh since 1997. The parittran is dedicated to building the capacities of leaders from Dalits problems way-forward, advocacy initiatives in countywide.



Presence in: Bangladesh
Focus: Citizenship & Identification, Community / Customary Land Rights, Community Organizing, Disability Rights, Education, Ethnic / Religious Minorities' Rights, Gender-based violence, Health, Indigenous Peoples' Rights, Right to Information, Women's Rights

In 1993 a group of dalit student by born a small dalit Students’ Association, The new name was called ‘Parittran’. The meaning of this Bengali word is ‘Liberation or Salvation.’ Parittran is a promise. Parittran is a movement, for the Dalits and by the dalits. PARITTRAN, a non-government organization, is the first dalit social action group in Bangladesh working for the empowerment of Dalit communities. This is community-based organisations, and networks that work to secure social change and protect the rights of Dalit. PARITTRAN, promote towards strengthening the Dalit Movement. The Parittran is committed towards building a strong line of leadership for the Dalit Movement.

Vision:

To build a just society where every people has equal opportunity to explore their full potential in rights and dignity manner

Mission:

Promoting wellbeing of marginalized and disadvantaged community specially Dalit, Excluded and Indigenous people (children, youth, and women) through a holistic development approach.

Objectives:

  1. Strengthening capacity development of the Dalit and Excluded people on rights to live in peaceful society with dignity;
  2. Enhancing economic empowerment through ensuring decent job for promotion of sustainable livelihood and food security;
  3. Increasing capacity of the targeted people on disaster risk reduction, emergency response, climate change adaptation and disaster resilience;
  4. Promoting gender equality, child and youth development and realization of child rights;

Thematic Area

1:  Dalit, Excluded and Indigenous People’s Rights (DEiPR)

2:  Child and Youth Development Program (CYDP)

3:  Climate Action and Disaster Response Program (CADR)

4: Employment and sustainable Livelihood Program (ESLP)

5: Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Program.

6: Good Governance and Peace Building.

 

People Associated With This Organization

Milan Das

Bangladesh  
PARITTRAN
Joined January 2015
Interests: Children's Rights, Citizenship & Identification, Community / Customary Land Rights, Community Organizing, Disability Rights, Education, Ethnic / Religious Minorities' Rights, Right to Information, Women's Rights
Milan Das was born in cobbler’s family in Tala upazila of Satkhira district on 1976. From his childhood he often suffers from castism. While he was in student of class 5, once he went to have snacks with higher caste friends. Hotel owner denied his access to have some snacks. While he takes again a glass of water from there, that hotel owner tortured him as Milan Das belonging in cobbler’s community. He got mental shocked. This incident encourages and prompt to Mr. das for awake against UNTOUCHABLE.
In 1993, a group of dalit student initiated a “Dalit Students Association” in the aim of create education revolution in dalit communities. In 1997, the name of that association was changed to PARITTRAN. With the commitment to strengthening dalit human rights movement and empowerment as well as mainstreaming the Dalit communities PARITTRAN launched remarkable programs through mobilizing and organizing dalit, Leadership building, sensitization of wider community towards dalit peoples. In 1998, while Parittran called a march for elimination of caste based discrimination through observed 21st March International day for the elimination of racial discrimination at first all over the country, some of so called higher caste influential’s physically assaulted to Mr. Das whenever he was well known as dalit leader.
In 1998, by the lead of Mr. Das a largest dalit right movement Platform established for create greater unity among dalit at country wide with 10 point demands to promote and protect dalit human rights includes; Anti discrimination act, Reservation in job and higher education, safetynet and national budget, housing as it is. Peoples in dalit community became aware on their rights whereas Bangladesh Constitution declared there is no discrimination based on race, caste, religion, gender and ethnicity by the Parittran interventions and that independent platform named “BANGLADESH DALIT PARISHAD (BDP)” expanded at 54 districts across the country.
As the result of massive movement and advocacy for dalit right at local and national level Bangladesh Govt. Initiated special budget in national budgetary plan for dalit access to safetynet and housing, Improvement of dalit included Special area for development (SAD) program of Prime minister office, 80% quota reserved for cleaning job, Ministry of social welfare launched a special program includes Stipend, old age allocation and skill development for dalit students and unemployed youth, 1% sit reserved in 9 public university etc.
Once again, some perpetrators physically assaulted him in 1998 and 2014. He got serious injured with his leg and still suffering. He continues his fighting against such social disparity, networks for human rights child marriage, untouchability. As great contributor for improved dalit human right situation, Mr. Das on behalf of Parittran possessed global appreciation award from Rotary International in 2016.
Working as the Publishing of online newspaper title WWW.DALITVOICE24
Milan Das is the network champion (main point of contact) for PARITTRAN.

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