The Bangladesh Dalit and Excluded Rights Movement (BDERM): was established as a national platform for Dalits in the beginning of 2008. It faces a number of challenges in asserting Dalit rights, including such key issues as various forms of discrimination against Dalit women, i.e. forced prostitution and bonded labour. Extremely limited access to health care, employment and education continues to dominate the lives of the Dalit ‘colonies’ in Bangladesh. Because of BDERM activities, local Dalit groups have become very active in asserting their rights.