Ela Bhatt, Founder of a million members strong Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) has been invited to address the Heads of the States at the UN General Assembly at the United Nations, New York on 25th September 2008. Ms. Bhatt will give her remarks on what do poor and women want to come out of poverty.
SEWA, Indias largest organization of poor informal sector women workers is a network of their own Bank, Trade Facilitation Centre, Academy, Insurance, Health care services, Child care services, Shelter and Agri business.
It is not often that such invitation is received from the Secretary General of the United Nations. SEWA has been at the forefront of shaping thinking and public policy on labour, employment, women’s work, social protection and Livelihood Finance in more than 8 States of India. Currently SEWA has been through various research and policy initiatives is working in more than 10 countries in Asia and Africa on the contribution of informal sector in mainstream economy.
Ela Bhatt, has been the Founder of Women’s World Banking, working in 60 countries providing poor women access to mainstream finance. Ms. Bhatt is leading the Task Force on Women and Global Trade internationally. Currently SEWA is working on building direct trade linkages between Mexico and India for rural poor. SEWA has also been an affiliate of the International Trade Union Confederation.