Project SEWA

Self Employed Women‟s Association (SEWA) is a member-based organization of poor self-employed women workers. It has a membership of 1.36 million women across 7 states, almost half of which is from rural Gujarat. It is an organization of poor, self-employed women workers. These are women who earn a living through their own labor or small businesses, and are unable to obtain regular salaried employment with welfare benefits like workers in the organized sector. They are the unprotected labor force of the country, constituting 93% of the labor force. Of the female labor force in India, more than 94% are in the unorganized sector. However their work is not counted and hence remains invisible. In fact, women workers themselves remain uncounted,

Objectives of SEWA: The objectives of SEWA are Self-Reliance & Full Employment for its members. Self-reliance means that women should be autonomous and self-reliant, individually and collectively, both economically and in terms of their decision-making ability.

Full employment means employment whereby workers obtain work security, income security, food security, and social security (at least health care, child care and shelter). SEWA organizes women to ensure that every family obtains full employment. For over 3 decades, SEWA has been working with its rural members to help them improve their livelihood through various initiatives in technical training, microfinance, market linkages and natural resource management, across a number of trades. SEWA adopts an integrated approach towards its members.

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