“Nearly four decades ago Dr. Bhatt, now 76, founded what has become India’s largest and most unusual trade union. The members are waste-pickers, street vendors, incense stick rollers, construction and agricultural workers, and home-based workers. They are the so-called informal economy workers – women at the bottom of the ladder who have no job security or social safety net.
The organization Dr. Bhatt started to help them, Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), now has more than a million members, half of them in her home state, Gujarat.”
Discovering a report on ILO’s website about Dr. Ela Bhatt and her organisation SEWA was a pleasant surprise. Read the full article here [Link].