Headquarters: Salem, Tamil Nadu
Geographical Focus: Tamil Nadu
Lives Impacted: 35,000+
Rural Women Development Trust (RWDT) was set up to work with Dalit Arunthathiyar communities in rural remote villages in the western Salem district of Tamil Nadu. 16.67% of the district’s population is from the Scheduled Castes. The organization works on the rescue and rehabilitation of women and children especially, who are Dalit Arunthathiyar and debt-bonded laborers, an exploited social class that is often treated as slaves.