Ela Bhatt Conferred 2011 Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development Award

The President of India Pranab Mukherjee on 18 Feb 2013 conferred 2011 Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development Award to Ela Bhatt.

The Prize has been awarded to Bhatt for her lifetime achievements in comprehensively empowering women in India and elsewhere through grassroots entrepreneurship.

Who is Ela Bhatt ?

Ela Ramesh Bhatt (born 7 September 1933) is the founder of the Self-Employed Women’s Association of India (SEWA)

Bhatt is a part of the international labour, cooperative women, and micro-finance movements who has won several national and international awards.

She is also credited as the founder of India’s first women Bank – The Cooperative Bank of SEWA

What is SEWA??

SEWA is a trade union registered in 1972. It is an organisation of poor, self-employed women workers. These are women who earn a living through their own labour or small businesses. They do not obtain regular salaried employment with welfare benefits like workers in the organised sector.

SEWA organises women to ensure that every family obtains full employment. By self-reliance we mean that women should be autonomous and self-reliant, individually and collectively, both economically and in terms of their decision-making ability.

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