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Theme: Informal Economy
Occupational Group(s): Other Groups ; Transport Workers

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.

Ghana Prioritise the Rehabilitation of the Railway Sector-TUC Ghana News Agency . (7 August 2012)

The Secretary General of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Mr Kofi Asamoah, has called on government to prioritize the resuscitation of the Railway 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".

Mongolia The Informal Economy Provides a Twist to Mongolia’s Growth The UB Post . (12 June 2012)
By Tolson, Michelle.

Definitions vary, but at its most broad, the (informal) sector includes street sellers, home-based businesses and family workers who might not be paid a wage, domestic workers, trash pickers and garment workers, construction workers and small farmers according to Women In Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO), an organization researching the sector.

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.