Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA)
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Mission and Purpose
The Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA) was established as a trade union in 1972 with the aim to organise women workers and their families for full employment: employment whereby workers obtain work security, income security, food security and social security (at least health care, child care and shelter). SEWA works to make women autonomous and self-reliant, individually and collectively, both economically and in terms of their decision-making ability.
Origins and Development
Organizational Structure, Membership, and Funding
Specializations, Methods and Tools
Major Projects and Events
The Rural Urban Distribution Initiative and its multi-trading company were established by India's Self Employed Women’s Association to "internally generate funds for the rural producer groups, enhance the quality, capacity and efficiency of production with the help of new technology for the farming, warehousing and post-harvest processing of the agro commodities and improve the economic condition of the marginal farmers and workers who are struggling to survive and are below the poverty line."
Analysis and Lessons Learned
 "About Us," Self Employes Women's Association, http://www.sewa.org/About_Us.asp
 "About Us," SEWA RUDI, http://www.sewarudi.com/about%20us.htm
Lead image: Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO) Inclusive Cities, https://goo.gl/CTJ4xR