Ela Bhatt


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    • Recently, Elaben Bhatt, noted Gandhian and leading women’s empowerment activist passed away in Ahmedabad.


    • Popularly known as Elaben 
    • After graduation, Elaben joined the Textile Labour Association (or Majoor Mahajan)
    • She was also a Member of the Rajya Sabha and of the Planning Commission of India in the 1980s.
    • Achievements: 
      • Founded Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) as a small organization in 1972
      • Pioneering work in organising the informal sector for self-employment and empowerment of women not only in India but across South Asia. 
      • Served as an advisor to the World Bank, and addressed the United Nations General Assembly
      • Was the Chairperson of Sabarmati Ashram and the Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi-founded Gujarat Vidhyapith
    • National and International Awards:
      • Padma Bhushan, 
      • the Ramon Magsaysay Award, 
      • the Indira Gandhi Peace Prize 

    Source: IE