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

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.

By Georgetown University, .

Ela BhattEla Bhatt, a longtime advocate for women in India, told students graduating from the Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS) today that poverty is “a form of violence perpetuated with the consent of the society” that cannot be eradicated without empowerment. Bhatt was awarded an honorary degree from Walsh SFS, a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa. In the same week she was also awarded an honorary Doctorate from L’Université Libre de Bruxelles.

In addition to this news story, you can read Ela's commencement address.

You can read more about Ela's honorary degree from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at the Georgetown commencement site.

You can read more about Ela's honorary degree from L’Université Libre de Bruxelles in this University's Program for honorary degree recipients.

United States Policy Matters: The Informal Economy Harvard Kennedy School News . (17 May 2012)
By Megias, Mari.

On a tour of a slum settlement in Ahmedabad City, India, Martha “Marty” Chen paused when she noticed a woman hunched over a neat row of little pill bottles.

India Survey Points to Low Women Workforce The Telegraph . (12 May 2012)

Women in Bihar are hardly included in the workforce — be it in villages or town.

India Three Cheers for Gujarat’s Big Ben The Times of India . (12 May 2012)

Three prestigious international honours will be bestowed upon big ben from Gujarat, Ela Bhatt, founder-director of Self Employed Women's Association (Sewa), who helped turn around lives of million-odd women through her co-operative and micro-finance initiatives.

India Four International Honours to Fete Ela Bhatt in a Week Daily News and Analysis (DNA) . (12 May 2012)

Sewa founder Ela Bhatt will be conferred with three prestigious international honours, including the Roosevelt Medal, all in a week.

India Revolution in Gujarat’s Blood Daily News and Analysis . (4 May 2012)
By Jitendra Dave & Kinjal Desai, .

Even a small incident, like a woman worker from the unorganised sector getting less pay, led to agitations across sectors.

India Sri Lanka We're the World, Sewa Women Sing at 40 The Times of India . (26 April 2012)
By Nair, Nisha.

For war widows of northeast Sri Lanka - who have no family wealth or alternate source of income - the Self Employed Women's Association (Sewa) training programme initiated by the Lankan government turned out to be a boon.

India Empowering Informal Workers Financial Chronicle . (25 April 2012)
By Kothari, Brij.

India’s workforce is around 500 million. Only 40 million are in the formal sector, including, government employees and the private sector. The remaining 460 million, or 92 per cent, are in the informal sector, including vegetable vendors, hawkers, wastepickers, construction workers, domestic help and farmers.

India Sewa 'Plays' Into Janta's Hearts The Times of India . (17 April 2012)

On the occasion of Sewa Bharat - the national unifying body of Self Employed Women's Association (Sewa) - completing 40 years, it celebrated by hosting an event at the Seth Mangaldas Town Hall on Monday evening.