A fantastic year for SEWA Bharat, 2013 was witness to yet another honor at the India Today Woman Summit and Awards 2013 held on the 19th of April 2013! The summit aimed to provide women executives in India with the vision, strategies and skills needed to succeed in today’s world, both in their homes and as professionals in the workplace. The Awards, to felicitate women achievers in various fields, are a public acknowledgement of their contribution to their homes, professions & the community. Smt Renana Jhabvala, President, SEWA Bharat won the prestigious India Today Woman in Public Service Award owing to her hard work in bringing about a change in the society. Renana ben was also one of the speakers at a Session titled “Beating the Odds” alongside write Meena Kandaswamy and activist Kavita Krishnan. Commenting on the changing times, Renana ben said, “Girls are not happy just being a future wife or future mother, they want to have an identity of their own. This is a big change in the last few years”
SMT ELA R BHATT CONFERRED THE PRESTIGIOUS INDIRA GANDHI AWARD FOR PEACE, DISARMAMENT AND DEVELOPMENT
The International Jury of the Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust has awarded the 2011 Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development to Smt Ela R Bhatt for her lifetime achievements in comprehensively empowering women in India and elsewhere through grassroots entrepreneurship, access to shelter, healthcare, micro-finance, micro-insurance, skills, legal services, collective bargaining power and other means, thereby promoting equitable development and peace, following the Gandhian path of self-reliance and non-violence. The award was presented by the Hon’ble President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee in the presence of the Hon’ble Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and Hon’ble Smt Sonia Gandhi, Chairperson, United Progressive Alliance (UPA).
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2012:DELHI’s MAIDEN YOUTH FESTIVAL
The youth of any nation have an innate power of observing the existing climate of a country and metamorphose into change makers once the need arises. It is, thus, extremely imperative for the children of a democratic thriving population to be given platforms where their talent and skills can be nurtured. Unfortunately, these opportunities are scarce for those with lesser privileges than the others. SEWA’s initiative of hosting a Youth Festival where the needs, aspirations, skills and talent, of those from lower economic groups, can be honed is an opportunity that has been otherwise conspicuous by its absence. To corroborate 40 years of SEWA movement and to motivate students linked with our programs on the joyous occasion of Children’s Day, SEWA Delhi hosted its maiden Youth Festival on the 15th of November 2012, Thursday at Kamani Auditorium.
The daylong event saw competitions of extempore, debate, dance, creative writing and painting being held between NGOs like Salaam Balak Trust, Om Foundation, Hope Project, Manzil, Butterflies, CHETNA. In the second half of the event, students of SEWA Delhi Polytechnic performed a widely appreciated dance-drama to trace the journey of SEWA in its last 40 years. Students of Fashion Designing and products of SEWA’s home-based embroidery workers program were put on display through a Fashion show.
The Chief Guest of the Event, Hon’ble Minister for Women and Child Development, Smt Krishna Tirathji, emphasized on the need for a platform for those belonging to the lower strata of the society and extended her full support to SEWA’s new endevour. She also added ‘It is of common knowledge how SEWA has empowered the women of this nation. Young women make for a stronger nation and I salute and congratulate the women who have risen from poor prevalent conditions and ensured that their lives and those of their own improve. I would like for SEWA to show the way forward to many such women. My heartfelt congratulations to SEWA and its efforts! My ministry shall extend full support to SEWA’s novel initiative’. Dr Sanjay Kumar, Managing Director of SEWA Delhi, reiterated, ‘We are committed to the cause and shall make this Youth Festival an annual event in order to inspire the youth and make them strive for better'.
SEWA Shramik Mahotsav 8th March 2010
SEWA Bharat organized a National level SEWA Shramik Mahotsav on International Women’s day on 8th March 2010 at Shri Krishna Memorial Hall, Patna, Bihar. Around 2500 women members from 9 states participated in this Mahotsav. Bihar Chief Minister Shri Nitish Kumar inaugurated the Mahotsav. SEWA members presented a memorandum to the Chief Minister and demanded a state level commission on Women workers. He announced that his government will set up a state level commission on Women workers. For more details-