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Tarcila Rivera Zea: “Lifting the Voices of Indigenous People”

Another Ford Foundation Visionaries Award winner, Tarcila Rivera Zea, was also recognized for her work empowering women:

Lifting the Voices of Indigenous People

Tarcila Rivera Zea

Tarcila Rivera Zea
Founder & Executive Director, CHIRAPAQ (The Center for Indigenous Peoples’ Cultures of Peru)
Lima, Peru

“Tarcila Rivera Zea started her teenage years as an indigenous servant in a small Quechuan village and today runs one of South America’s most influential organizations for indigenous people. Over the 20 years since she founded CHIRAPAQ, she and her staff have worked to give indigenous people a national and global voice, secure equality and access to opportunities they have been denied, and develop pride for indigenous cultures. Rivera Zea helped create the International Forum of Indigenous Women of the Americas and other bodies working to strengthen the lives of some 25 million indigenous women across the region.”

Read more about CHIRAPAQ:

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

May 13, 2011 at 12:39 pm Leave a comment

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

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

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


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