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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Other Groups ; Transport Workers
Region(s): East Asia & Southeast Asia ; India
India United States Martha Alter Chen '65 is a Champion of Forgotten Workers Around the World Connecticut College Magazine . (1 January 2013)
By Carey, Patricia M..


Lunching in a Harvard Square restaurant, Martha Alter Chen '65 comes across as a typical American professor, with her thick white hair, glasses and an academic's precise use of language. But her mild-mannered appearance is protective coloration for a self-described economic anthropologist whose life and work are embedded in another culture.

At first, Ela Bhatt refuses to be interviewed for this story. It's been 15 years since she stepped down from the Self Employed Women's Asscociation (Sewa), she says, so it's best I leave her out of it and meet the new people at the helm instead.

India SEWA’s Ela Bhatt to Showcase Her Mentor’s Life The Indian Express . (17 November 2012)

Ela Bhatt, Founder of SEWAFounder of Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) Ela Bhatt will pay tribute to her mentor Anasuya Sarabhai by opening an exhibition on her life on the 40th anniversary of SEWA on Saturday, which also happens to be the late Sarabhai’s birthday.

India Women Agents of Change The Times of India . (16 November 2012)

To commemorate 40 years of its existence, the Self-Employed Women's Association hosted its maiden youth festival at Kamani Auditorium on Thursday.

By Shirodkar, Suja Nair.

Self-Employed Women's Association of India (SEWA), a trade union for poor, self-employed women workers, recently sent a representation to the ministry of health seeking urgent intervention to address the issues of occupational health hazards faced by the workers of unorganised sector.

India is reaching out to Africa with its expertise in grassroots development and gender empowerment projects to help poor women in countries like Ghana, Mali, Burkina Faso and Nigeria become self-reliant with sustainable farm-based and traditional livelihoods.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has identified India's eminent social activist Ela Bhatt as one of her "heroines".

India Gujarat's Sewa Bank to Expand Wings Daily News and Analysis . (25 May 2012)

Shri Mahila Sewa Sarkari Bank Limited, popularly known as Sewa Bank, is planning to expand its footprint.

India SEWA, IFC to Provide Eco Friendly Lamps to Over 2 Lakh The Economic Times . (24 May 2012)

Ahmedabad-based Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA) and International Finance Corporation (IFC) will provide energy-efficient cooking stoves and solar lanterns to more than two lakh people in the state.

In an otherwise ‘electricity surplus’ Gujarat, the International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, on Thursday announced a partnership with the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) for providing solar stoves and lanterns to its two lakh rural women members in the State.