We at SEWA organize workers to achieve their goals of full employment and self-reliance through the strategy of struggle and development. The struggle is against many odds and limitations imposed on them by the society and the economy, while development activities strengthen women’s bargaining power and offer them new alternatives which further their self-reliance. Practically, the strategy is carried out through the joint action of unions and cooperatives.
Full employment refers to work that provides economic security, food security and social security.
Self-reliance aims to support women towards being autonomous and self-reliant both economically and in terms of their decision-making ability. Self-reliance is the basis of sustainability that is essential at the individual level and also for SEWA’s women’s collectives, organizations, and cooperatives.