Author : Aura Staff
SEWA, the Self Employed Women’s Association set up by Ela Bhatt in 1972 was a trade union of women with dozens of sub-institutions that worked on the principle: “the poor do not need charity, they need an enabling mechanism to strive and come out of the vicious circle of poverty and vulnerability”. It has over 2.1 million members. When Ela Bhatt, its visionary Gandhian women’s empowerment leader passed away this November, she left behind a legacy perhaps unchallenged in the women’s movement in terms of concrete success and stable institution building. She was 89 and had been suffering from a brief illness at the time of her death.


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