IFWEA Global Knowledge Community News

Sep 27

25 years of Indian Academy For Self Employed Women (IASEW)

IFWEA affiliate Indian Academy For Self Employed Women (IASEW), popularly known as SEWA Academy, celebrates 25 years in 2021. IASEW has played a vital, dynamic and participative role in providing education and training for women in the informal sector for a quarter of a century.

It is an organisation of self-employed women workers who earn a living through their own labour or small businesses. They do not obtain regular salaried employment with welfare benefits like workers in the organised sector. Of the female labour force in India, more than 94% are in the unorganised sector. However their work is not counted and hence remains invisible. IASEW improves women and girls’ dignity, welfare and self-representation through education, capacity building, leadership training, communications, and research.

“Head, heart and hands together” – Namrata Bali, Director, IASEW. Watch this video to see how the organisation has flourished over the years, from humble beginnings to international prominence – click here

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