Academic journal article Indian Journal of Industrial Relations

About the Guest-Editor

Academic journal article Indian Journal of Industrial Relations

About the Guest-Editor

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Renana Jhabvala is best known for her long association with the Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA), India which has 1.3 million members and for her writings of issues of women in the informal economy. She was awarded Padma Shri in the year 1990.

Renana Jhabvala joined SEWA in 1978 after her education in Delhi University and Harvard University in Mathematics and Yale University in Economics. She worked as elected Secretary of SEWA in Gujarat under Smt. Ela Bhatt for many years during which time she initiated SEWA across India. She was Chair of SEWA Bank from 2003 to 2009, and is presently on its board. She was instrumental in forming SEWA Bharat, a National Federation of SEWAs now in nine States of India and is presently its President.

Renana Jhabvala has been active at the international level and represented SEWA at the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and other international forums. At the South Asia level she was instrumental in forming Home Net South Asia bringing together organisations in South Asian countries and is presently its Chair. She is one of the founders and present Chair of WIEGO (Women in Informal Employment and Organizing) based at Harvard University, USA.

She has been active in many Government committees and task forces which have formulated policies ranging from National Policy for Street Vendors to the Law for Social Security of Unorganised Workers. …

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