Ela Bhatt

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Ela Bhatt
Ela Bhatt, October 2013
Born7 September 1933
Died2 November 2022
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

Ela Ramesh Bhatt (born 7 September 1933 - 2 November 2022),[1] is an Indian activist and lawyer.[2] 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).[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Langa, Mahesh (2022-11-02). "SEWA founder Ela Bhatt dies". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 2022-11-02.
  2. Duncan, Natricia (27 June 2014). "Empowering Indian women through employment". The Guardian.
  3. "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 November 2014. Retrieved July 21, 2015.