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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Home-Based Workers
Region(s): East Asia & Southeast Asia ; India
Ahmedabad India How home-based workers in Ahmedabad formed a union to improve their lives The Global Urbanist . (22 July 2016)
By Carr, Carlin.

In the first of a series of photo essays from Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing & Organizing (WIEGO) Carlin Carr introduces members of the Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA) in Ahmedabad. The organisation has been supporting informal workers to gain greater visibility and improve their working conditions.

By Mitra-Jha, Shreerupa.

Contributory social transfers make up for a negligible share. The same pattern follows for the temporary/informal sector and in the case of self-employed people in India, except that contributory social transfers shrink even further, adding almost nothing to a person's share of income whether self-employed or informally employed.

India Everything is Connected The Hindu . (8 May 2016)
By Langa, Mahesh.

In her latest book "Anubandh", noted Gandhian and the force behind the Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), Ela Bhatt, makes an appeal to build holistic and mutually beneficial communities to cater to the basic needs of daily life: food (including water), clothing, education, health, housing, education and banking.

India 'Everything is connected' The Hindu . (8 May 2016)
By Langa, Mahesh.

In her latest book Anubandh, noted Gandhian and the force behind the Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA), Ela Bhatt, makes an appeal to build holistic and mutually beneficial communities to cater to the basic needs of daily life: food (including water), clothing, education, health, housing, education and banking.

According to the National Commission on Self Employed Women, more than 12 crore women work in the unorganised sector. On Tuesday, a public hearing on maternity entitlement and child care was held in Delhi. It was attended by activists of the Right to Food Campaign and more than 200 members of women's groups and trade unions.

By Mukherjee Parikh, Runa.

India’s premier B-school for strategic marketing and communication, MICA, has decided to join hands with Self Employed Women's Association (Sewa), a trade union for poor, self-employed women workers, for the capacity building of the ‘Master Trainers’ of Sewa.

India Leadership transforming vision into reality The Hans India . (21 April 2016)
By Ramesh, M Anil.

Ela Bhatt is an Indian cooperative organizer and activist who founded the Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA). She was influenced by the fact that thousands of women factory workers worked elsewhere to supplement the family income, but there were state laws protecting only those who were solely industrial workers and not these self-employed women.

India Study to find tech choices of women with low income The Times of India . (21 January 2016)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Self-Employed Women's Association (Sewa) Bharat are both trying to learn how women in the informal sector evaluate and use technology.

India It's Time for India's Creative Workers to Go Global The Huffington Post . (20 January 2016)
By Chhiber, Neelam.

More than a century of manufacturing growth has been led by a move toward centralized mass production and increasing mechanization. This has delivered efficiency and consistency, but often at the cost of meaningful work, fair wages for laborers and large externalities such as poor environmental impacts. Traditional, localized and often labor-intensive manufacturing, collectively termed as creative or artisanal industries, have typically been relegated to exotic and niche status.

India Management and union should work collectively: TV Narendran The Avenue Mail . (10 January 2016)

"Mitra, principal labour and employment advisor, ministry of labour and employment, government of India, said the main focus of the ministry is labour reforms and see that all rights of the labour must be respected. The Union government will issue a unique identification number for unorganised workers to ensure them best benefits of government welfare and industrial policies."

Participants in a related panel discussion included WIEGO's Home-based workers Sector Specialist, Shalini Sinha, and SEWA, Kerela, General Secretary, Sonia George.