SEWA in the Media

Open Democracy: Informal, but organised: the 30-year success of the Self Employed Women’s Association of India

“In India there are numerous trades in informality. Each has their own trade committee within SEWA, and it is within these trade committees that they take up issues specifically related to that trade. But then, as a union, we have a common agenda for the entire union.

SEWA’s is the first union in the country which is made up only of informal workers. This means that it’s also a union which has been very difficult to build up, as it’s more difficult to collect dues in the informal sector than the formal sector. But that’s been the way that SEWA has been organising: building up organisations off the workers themselves.”

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Open Democracy: Could India support a basic income?

“Unconditional Basic Income is a foundation of a better society, a more civilised society.”
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Airbnb signs MoU with SEWA to boost rural tourism

“Through the partnership, Airbnb will work with SEWA members to help them share their homes with Airbnb’s community of international and domestic guests, creating economic opportunities for women in rural areas and promoting tourism spend in parts of India that have not traditionally benefited from tourism and hospitality, the company said in a release.”
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‘Poverty Is Violence With Tacit Consent’ Glued to Gandhism, Ela Bhatt believes the principles are even more valid now

“Bhatt has dedicated her life to making visible the contributions of India’s poor and self-employed women, their voices heard. A formidable network of women-run cooperatives she has built also account for advancing modern ambitions. Bhatt calls it the quest for economic freedom in a democratic India.” Read the full Article

Annual Report

SEWA Bharat Annual Report 2015-2016