Ela R. Bhatt: “Empowering Women to Forge Their Own Futures”

May 11, 2011 at 2:35 pm Leave a comment

The Ford Foundation recently announced the winners of its Visionaries Awards, awarded to “12 social innovators who, through their extraordinary vision and courageous work, are improving the lives of millions of people.”  Among the recipients was Indian women’s empowerment pioneer Ela R. Bhatt:

Empowering Women to Forge Their Own Futures

Ela R. Bhatt

Ela R. Bhatt
Founder & CEO, Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA)
Ahmedabad, India

“Widely recognized as one of the world’s most remarkable entrepreneurial forces in grassroots development, Ela R. Bhatt has dedicated her life to improving the lives of India’s poorest and most oppressed women workers. A former parliamentarian, she founded the Self-Employed Women’s Association—a trade union for poor, self-employed female workers in India with more than 1 million members. Bhatt also founded Sa-Dhan (the All-India Association of Micro-finance Institutions) and the Indian School of Micro-finance for Women, which together have created new financial opportunities for millions of women across India.”

Read more about SEWA: http://www.sewa.org/

Read more about the other Visionaries Award winners: http://www.fordfoundation.org/newsroom/news-from-ford/480

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