SEWA Bharat Board
Smt. Renana Jhabvala, PresidentBioRenana Jhabvala has been working with the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) since 1977. Renana Jhabvala has served a number of roles within SEWA and has overseen the movement’s expansion and diversification. Renana Jhabvala is also one of the founding members of WIEGO, HomeNet South Asia, and has served on a number of public committees and task forces. Currently, Renana also serves as the Chair of the WIEGO board, Chair of the SEWA Bank, Executive Trustee of Mahila Housing Trust, and serves on the United Nations High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment. She is the recipient of several awards, including, the Padma Shri Award (1990), Lifetime Achievement Award from FICCI (2017), and Outstanding Work in Social Service from the Vineet Gupta Memorial Trust. Her most recent publications include The Progress of the World’s Women 2005: Women, Work and Poverty with Martha Chen, Joann Vanek, Francie Lund, James Heintz and Christine Bonner; Informal Economy Centrestage: New Structures of Employment, which she co-edited with Ratna M. Sudarshan and Jeemol Unni; and The Unorganised Sector: Work Security and Social Protection, which she co-edited with R.K.A. Subramanya.
Smt. Uttara Biswas, Vice-PresidentBioUttara ben has been a SEWA member in Delhi since 2010. Working professionally as a domestic worker, Uttara ben has helped SEWA Delhi serve over 25,000 women.
Smt. Nalini Nayak, General SecretaryBioNalini Nayak is one of the founding members of SEWA Kerala. Nalini Nayak has been an active advocate for workers’ rights across India for the last 30 years. She is founder of Protsahan Trivandrum, a union of workers in the fishing industry, as well as a founding member of the International Collective in Support of Fishworkers. Additionally, she is a founder of SEWA’s domestic workers collective. Nalini Nayak is an Ashoka Fellow (1989) and has been at the forefront of workers’ rights and gender. She has served on a number of Indian and International committees. Her recent publications include, The impact of Development on Coastal Population Dynamics and Ecosystem changes (2006), The Coasts, the Fish Resources and the Fishworker’s Movement (2006), Conversations, A trialogue on power,intervention and organization in fisheries (2002), and Transition or Transformation: Mobilisation and Consciousness Processes in Fishing Communities in Kerala: Department of Social Analysis, Study on the West coast of India (2002).
Smt. Shikha Joshi, SecretaryBioIn addition to serving as the Secretary of SEWA Bharat’s board, Shikha Joshi serves as the General Secretary for Madhya Pradesh. Shikha Joshi has worked with SEWA since 1995 and has served several roles within SEWA MP, including the State Coordinator of SEWA MP. Additionally, she serves as President of SEWA MP’s Microfinance Cooperative, is a member of the Labour Department of Madhya Pradesh’s Steering Committee, Secretary of the National Association of Street Vendors, and International Secretary of StreetNet.
Smt. Madhuri Sinha, Vice President