Global Forum of Communities Discriminated on Work and Descent (GFoD), is a platform to voice the rights and entitlements of the communities discriminated on work and descent in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America. GFoD aims for full realization of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of Communities Discriminated on Work and Descent and ensuring access to sustainable development goals (SDGs). GFoD was founded in 2021 and formally recognizes the core motto of ‘Leave No One Behind’ propounded by “Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, which ensures Planet, Peace, and Prosperity for all, especially those who are marginalized through generations and suffered social prejudices while aspiring for a life of dignity and peace.

GFoD comprises several self-governing CDWD organizations united by a central structure and shared values, vision, and mission. It aims to enhance the opportunities for DWD communities, their representative organizations, and non-governmental and other organizations working on the rights of DWD communities in order to demand with a unified voice their inclusion in all sustainable development-related UN processes. It also recognizes that DWD communities are diverse, with intersecting layers of exclusion, including those based on gender and sexuality. Therefore, it has adopted gender mainstreaming as an integral and ongoing process at the heart of its organizational framework. This entails gender training and capacity building, integrating a gender perspective into research and advocacy, implementing organizational-level policies for gender equality, and promoting gender sensitivity among its employees.

Communities Discriminated on Work and Descent are some of the most excluded, segregated, and marginalized groups at the global, regional and local levels within their social, economic, political, and cultural systems. The consequences of this marginalization are unjust deprivation and systematic exclusion from social relationships and communication, education, health, access to water and sanitation, employment, voting rights, equal access to land and housing, and access to religious institutions in the public sphere. The types of social structures that have evolved and functioning for centuries have inflicted systemic violence on the DWD communities, such as the Haratin in the Sahel; Forgeron in West Africa; Bantu in Sudan; Roma in Europe; Burakumin in Japan; Dalits (formerly known as ‘untouchables’) in South Asia; and Quilombola and Palenque in South America. The global coverage of DWD communities includes Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America, with around 270 million people.

GFoD envisions a democratic, inclusive, and just society that is free from all forms of Discrimination based on Work and Descent (DWD) with regard to ensuring gender parity, access to development, justice delivery, environment protection, and disaster mitigation measures. This includes the planning, design, implementation, monitoring, review, and evaluation of sustainable development policies at all levels – national, regional, and international. The immediate overriding objective of GFoD as part of the stakeholder group of CDWD is to secure a UN Declaration affirming the rights of CDWD around the world so as to ensure their empowerment, overall development, and progress.

We envision a society wherein all women and men consider themselves equal and free human beings, practice justice and equity in the sharing of resources, live a democratic and inclusive life that is devoid of all forms of discrimination, and enjoy fellowship, peace and harmony among themselves and with nature.

To work towards the integration and inclusion of the Communities Discriminated on Work and Descent (CDWD) with the larger society at the national, regional, and global levels by ensuring gender parity, access to holistic development, fair justice delivery, sustainable environment protection, and equitable disaster mitigation measures on the basis of the foundational values of self-respect and self-identity, equality and freedom, justice, and equity.

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Jamen Gabriela Hrabanova

Jamen Gabriela Hrabanova is a leading Romani human rights activist in Europe, with extensive experience in protection, promotion and advocacy of Roma rights in government and civil society positions on national and European level. She joined ERGO Network in 2011 and has served as director since 2017. For many years, she was working in the civil society sector, engaged either technology consultant for non-profit organizations and as a leader of Roma student association Athinganoi. Later she was employed by the Governmental Office as a Director of the Roma Office for the Council for Roma Minority Affairs in the Czech Republic where she was coordinating strategic and conceptual works related to Roma integration.

As one of the initiators of the Alliance against Antigypsyism and the Global Forum of Communities Discriminated on Work and Descent (GFoD). She is also a coordinator of the EU Roma Policy Coalition, she connects civil society and policy makers on the highest levels, using her expertise in diplomacy, communications and human rights to advance rights for Roma and to empower Roma activists.

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Dr. Ebrima Sall

Dr. Ebrima Sall is the immediate past Executive Secretary of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa, CODESRIA, Africa’s leading social research council that was ranked top think tank of Sub-Saharan Africa in the 2016 Goto-Global Think Tanks Report of the University of Pennsylvania.

Prior to becoming the Executive Secretary (April 2009 to June 2017), he was a Senior Programme Officer and Head of Research at CODESRIA for five years (2004-2009). He has also held senior positions in other institutions, including as Managing Director of the Center for the Promotion of Village Savings and Credit Associations (VISACA) in BrikamaBa, The Gambia, which was then under the Gambian Ministry of Agriculture (1992-1994); and Senior Research Fellow and Programme Coordinator at the Nordic Africa Institute in Uppsala, Sweden (2001-2004). He taught as an adjunct professor at the political science department of Gaston Berger University, in Saint-Louis, Senegal, from 1996 to 2000.

In 1992, he was promoted to the rank of ‘Maitre de Conferences’ (Associate Professor) in ‘sociology-demography’, by the National Commission of Universities of France.

He holds a ‘Maitrise’ (MA) degree in Economic and Social Administration from the University of Grenoble in France, a Diplome d’Etudes Approfondies (DEA) in the Socio-economics of development, and a doctorate in sociology from University of Paris I-Pantheon-Sorbonne.

He was a post-doctoral fellow of Yale University’s Program in Agrarian Studies in 1997-98, and is currently a Senior Research Fellow of the Center for African Studies, Harvard University.

Ebrima is the (co-)author/editor of several publications on higher education, academic freedom, the social sciences, social movements, citizenship, governance, and post-conflict transitions in Africa. He is a citizen of The Gambia

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Paul Divakar Namala

N. Paul Divakar is a Human Rights advocate specifically working on the issues of the marginalised communities and for almost 4 decades working on Dalit rights. His expertise includes Economic Rights, Access to Justice, Inclusion in Disasters and Humanitarian crisis.

He is the Convenor of the Global Forum of Communities Discriminated on Work and Descent (GFoD). He is also the Global Co-Chair of Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP). GCAP is a network of over 11,000 civil society organisations (CSOs) organized in 58 National Coalitions and in constituency groups of women, youth and socially-excluded people. GCAP supports people in their struggles for justice and brings individuals and organisations together to challenge the institutions and processes that perpetuate poverty and inequalities. He serves as the Chairperson of the Asia Dalit Rights Forum (ADRF), which works in the South Asia region on inclusion and issues around un-touchability and caste-based discrimination.

His work today involves in bringing together similarly discriminated communities on work and descent from the Dalits in Asia to the Haratine in Mauritania to the Quilombolas in Brazil to Roma in Europe. The communities together form the GFOD. He has also been instrumental in pushing for a constituency of communities discriminated on work and descent and this year (2020) has been successful in realising this through a Stakeholder Group of Communities discriminated on Work and Descent which is now a part of the official Stakeholder group at the HLPF at the UN, NY.

He has been one of the key actors in popularising the sustainable development goals and to bring in the aspect of inclusion in the discourse in the new development paradigm and engaging both at the global level throughout the MDG process and now the SDGs. He has been trying to localise the SDGs in bringing in the SDGs to the grassroots and encourage various constituencies specially the marginalised to monitor and push for effective implementation of the goals and targets in country, regionally and globally.

He is one of the founding members of the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR). In 2017 he was voted by Outlook magazine as one of the 50 most influential Dalit Leaders in the country. He lead a delegation of over 200 human rights defenders, advocates and professional women, men and youth to the UN World Conference Against Racism in 2001. He has been actively engaging with the communities in strengthening access to justice, gender concerns especially on the intersectionality of Gender and Caste, financial accountability, transparency and participation. His deep interest for the economic empowerment of the Dalits led to initiating several campaigns in India for advocating for equity budgeting from the lens of the marginalised. His other passions involve travelling, reading, movies and exploring the latest technology. But he takes his love for mangoes seriously and can tell you all the names of all the varieties and the time that they are available.


Beena J. Pallical

Beena J Pallical is a Dalit women Leader and currently General Secretary of the Economic and Educational rights wing within National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR). Over the last eleven years she is with the NCDHR working on the Dalit Economic Rights. She has been passionately working towards policy changes within Central and State governments towards the marginalised communities (Dalits & Tribals ) and been demanding that Dalit Women be included in policy formulation.

Her main focus continues to be on Economic Justice and specifically looking at Gender Equity. She has led many campaigns and trained several Dalit & Adivasi Women and men on Budget rights. She also works around targeted budgets, fiscal accountability and governance. Her focus the last 5 years has been on how to enable youth to access their right to education, ensuring that the budgets allocated for them is effectively implemented. She also heads the Asia Dalit Women’s Economic Empowerment Program that works on empowering Dalit women in South Asia (Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and India which is part of the Asia Dalit Rights Forum.

She is an expert on Gender issues and looks at the intersectionality of Economic Rights and gender and has written several articles on the importance of looking at governance through the lens of Gender rights particularly Dalit women’s rights. A large part of her work is focused on the UN mechanisms and has worked closely with both OHCHR at Geneva and the HLPF at NY. She has been involved in the sustainable development goals since 2015 and the inclusion of voices of the marginalised and taken this agenda to the High level political forum in NY. She has also been looking at how finances can be better managed to ensure that the SDGs can be achieved specifically from the perspective of the marginalised. She has worked with all the various mechanisms and has represented the Dalit Women’s rights at the UN platforms. She has contributed to the overall work of Dalit Rights in NCDHR and participated in several national and international seminars raising the voice of Dalits and Adivasis and advocating stronger policy measures with effective implementation. She has trained many young women and men in budgets and fiscal accountability. Her other passions include travelling, trying various cuisines, learning different languages and thinks that if she weren’t a Human Rights Activist she would have been a dancer!

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Aloysius Irudayam S. J. Holding Master’s Degree in Philosophy and Political Science, he is an experienced grassroots activist and a trainer on social issues. He has co-authored several advocacy publications which have been used for national and international advocacy and lobbying purposes: Black Paper – Promises Broken and Dalits Betrayed (1998), Adivasis Speak Out: Atrocities against Adivasis in Tamil Nadu (2004), Dalits in the World of Globalization (2004), Dalit Women’s Right to Political Participation in Rural Panchayati Raj (2009), Dalit Women Speak Out: Caste, Class and Gender Violence in India (2011).

His commitment to Dalit Rights has led him to, among other forums, UN Treaty Body meetings in Geneva (2001 & 2007), UN World Social Forums in India (2004) and Brazil (2005), etc. Keenly interested in the promotion of human rights culture, he has co-authored human rights education textbooks for school students. Having held several important administrative positions, he is at present the Program Director of the Research, Advocacy and Human Rights Education Unit in IDEAS, Madurai, India. He is currently also the Advisor to GFoD.

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Bisseng Queen Angeline

Bisseng  Queen Angeline is the Africa Coordinator for GFOD based in Cameroon, she is a human rights expert and specialist on managing physical and digital security for activists and human rights defenders. She is a consultant and resource person on human rights issues who advocates for the rights and the recognition of the status of Communities Discriminated on Work and Descent (CDWD) especially in West Africa.
Queen holds a degree in Humanitarian Action and a certificate from the University of Georgia in the USA on African Civic Engagement; she also holds a certificate from the University of Basel in Switzerland on documentation and archiving from a perspective of dealing with the past. She is a member of the 2019 class of the Young African Leader program organised by the German Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES). She is a member of the 2019 class of the Young African Leader program organised by the German Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES). She is an advocate for the rights of CDWD associated with the Global Forum of Communities Discriminated on Work and Descent and has been leading GFoD’s involvement in the African region.