SEWA’s Ela Bhatt to showcase her mentor’s life
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Founder of Self-Employed Women's Association Ela Bhatt will pay tribute to her mentor Anasuya Sarabhai by opening an exhibition on her life on the 40th anniversary of SEWA on Saturday, which also happens to be the late Sarabhai's birthday.
Bhatt says that "Motaben" as Sarabhai was known, "inspired and influenced my vision of the labour movement and my work at SEWA" and her work has shaped the lives of 1.3 million self employed women in India.
Long before Sarabhai had joined hands with Mahatma Gandhi to lead the historic strike of mill workers in Ahmedabad which led to the founding of Textile Labour Association in 1920, she had already led a successful strike by herself in 1917. SEWA was born of the TLA in 1972, the year in which Sarabhai passed away.
The exhibition which will be on till November 30, will be housed in Shantisadan in Mirzapur, where Sarabhai began her movement.