SEWA [pronounced SAY vah] is a sisterhood of about 2 million women, organized locally and by trades. It operates in at least 16 states of India, plus other countries. Their philosophy is based on Ghandian values of simplicity, truthfulness and non-violence, and on non-hierarchical growth. This program covers examples of their projects, ranging from challenging employers and government to include home-based workers in social protection schemes, to identifying cleaning the trash off the road as part of the care economy. They also start community radio stations!
Interviewees in part 2: Vali ben, Representative – farm woman, health worker; Mayaben Patel, master trainer, IT; Heena Dave (District Coordinator); Sharadaben Jhala, Representative – Farm women, executive committee member; Jignasa Parmar, Vendors’ and Hawkers’ campaign team; Geeta Koshti and Shalini Trivedi (Legal Coordinators).
Part 1, if you missed it, can be downloaded here: http://audioport.org/index.php?op=program-info&program_id=240387.
Women’s International News Gathering Service (WINGS) has been covering the global women’s movement and related issues for community radio since 1986. WINGS may be contacted at [email protected]