Ela Bhatt

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Ela Bhatt
MJ-Ela-Bhatt-October-2013.jpg
Ela Bhatt, October 2013
Born (1933-09-07) 7 September 1933 (age 87)
NationalityIndian
EducationB.A., LL.B.; Diploma of Labor and Cooperatives;
Alma materSarvajanik Girls High School, Surat; M.T.B. College, Surat; Afro-Asian Institute of Labor and Cooperatives, Tel Aviv
OccupationLawyer, philanthropist
OrganizationSEWA, The Elders
Known forfounded SEWA
Spouse(s)Ramesh Bhatt
AwardsPadma Shri, Padma Bhushan, Ramon Magsaysay Award, Right Livelihood Award, Niwano Peace Prize, Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development
Websitesewa.org

Ela Ramesh Bhatt (born 7 September 1933) is an Indian activist and lawyer.[1] She founded the Self-Employed Women's Association of India (SEWA) in 1972. She was its general secretary from 1972 to 1996.

She is the current Chancellor of the Gujarat Vidyapith. She has won the Ramon Magsaysay Award (1977), Right Livelihood Award (1984) for "helping home-based producers to organise for their welfare and self-respect" and the Padma Bhushan (1986).[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. Duncan, Natricia (27 June 2014). "Empowering Indian women through employment". The Guardian.
  2. "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 November 2014. Retrieved July 21, 2015.