SEWA Bharat is the all-India Federation of the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA). SEWA is a trade union of low-income female workers in the informal economy founded by Ela Bhatt in 1972 in Gujarat. Since then SEWA has pioneered the women’s empowerment movement in India. Based on the philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi, SEWA’s goal is to achieve full employment and self-reliance for all its members. SEWA organizes its membership base of 1.9 million women workers to achieve self-reliance.
SEWA Bharat extends support to a large number of women informal workers across India. Currently, SEWA's membership exceeds 1.4 million women workers, representing 13 states of India. Based in Delhi, SEWA Bharat directly supports member institutions and projects in 8 states of India. SEWA Bharat also connects members with SEWA institutions in Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Kerala for knowledge exchange, skill building and resource sharing.
SEWA provides a number of life-cycle programming opportunities to its members including the following: organising, capacity development and voice; livelihood and skill development; health; edication; micro-finance; social security; advoccany and networking.
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