SEWA [pronounced SAY vah] is a sisterhood of nearly 1.5 million women, organized locally and by trades. It operates in 16 states of India, plus 3 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!
Host(s): Smita Ramanathan and Manju Venkat
Featured Speakers/Guests: Speakers in this second half-hour of the series [1-7 were in part one]: 8. Parvati Macwan (Representative – Construction workers) 9. Vali ben (Representative – farm woman, health worker) 10. Mayaben Patel (master trainer, IT) 11. Heena Dave (District Coordinator) 12. Sharadaben Jhala (Representative – Farm women, executive committee member) 13. Jignasa Parmar (Vendors’ and Hawkers’ campaign team) 14. Geeta Koshti (legal coordinator) 15. Shalini Trivedi (Legal Coordinator )
Credits: Interviews: Smita Ramanathan and Manju Venkat
Script: Smita Ramanathan with inputs from Indu Ramesh
Editing: Manju Venkat
Narration: Smita Ramanathan, Manju Venkat, Nilu Kulkarni and Sapna Rawat
Series Producer: Frieda Werden