Stepping stones towards success
In Year 2012 - 2013
The Community radio station of SEWA Academy, Rudi No Radio has been felicitated by the Indian Ministry of Information and Broadcasting with two awards at the Third National Community Radio Sammelan on 10th February, 2013 at Vigyaan Bhavan, New Delhi.
Leelaben Dantaani from Video SEWA was awarded with "Pratham Tejasvini Award 2013" by Doordarshan for her continuous immense efforts as a videographer.
SEWA, WEIGO and Harvard University had jointly organized "Exposure Dialogue Programme" in Ahmedabad, from 27th January to 1st February 2013
SEWA celebrated 40 years of building self reliance
Video SEWA Cooperative received award from the Gujarat Rajya Sahakari Sangh on 14th November, 2012 for the best performing Co-operative of the State
In Year 2011 - 2012
SEWA Academy received UNFPA -'The Laadli Media Awards for Gender Sensitivity 2010-11 (Western Region)' in the Special Award category 'Efforts to empower women through media'. The award was presented on 19 December at MICA, Ahmedabad.
A Video Production Workshop was organized at Rome, Italy by PROSVIL CGIL from 18-26 March 2011, in which two members of Video SEWA participated.
The Canadian Co-operative Association awarded Leadership Innovation Awards to cooperative members on 10 February at Ahmedabad Management Association (AMA). Leela Dantani, Video SEWA member was among the 22 awardees to be felicitated by the Leadership Innovation Award for her outstanding contribution to Video SEWA Cooperative.
SEWA's Rudi no Radio won two awards in the First CEMCA Community Radio Awards for Good Practices 2011.
In Year 2010
Education and Communication Centre is initiated by SEWA
Academy through which vocational training and life skills
training are provided to adolescent girls. Currently, Skill
Education and Communication Centre are functional in 10 areas
of Ahmedabad and efforts are being put to start more centres.
Programme is broadcast from SEWA’s Community Radio Station for 6 to 14
years old children.
In Year 2009
Chand’ book was released by Indukumar Jani, Writer,
Social Worker, Ela Bhatt, Founder and Jayantika
Jayant, Editor, Anasooya on 18 December at SEWA’s Annual Meeting
held at Manipur, SEWA Academy.
Academy participated at the celebration of International
Women’s Day with women of Liberiya, Africa. The 2 days
symposium was organized under the direction of Liberiya’s
First Lady President Alian Jarnson Sarfil and Finland’s
President Tarja Helone.
prolonged struggle SEWA’s Rudi No Radio obtained permission
from the government to start its own community radio station
(CRS) in Manipur village within 10 km radius. The CRS is 49th
in the country and will be operational from SEWA Academy’s
rural training centre at Manipur Village, Sanand Taluka. The
new radio station was inaugurated by SEWA Academy team on 26 November. The radio station will broadcast the
programme in 20 villages of Sanand and Daskroi Taluka from 9
am to 1 pm and 4 to 8 pm on 90.4 frequency. The initiative
is entirely managed by women who have had no formal training
in mass media.
girls of 13 Akashganga centre and SEWA Academy’s Skill
Education and Communication Centre participated in
Akashganga Girls’ Exhibition on 24 December at Manipur,
In Year 2008
release was organized on 8 February for ‘Mugdhavastha ni
mujhvan ane mavjat’ developed by Anasooya. Also, film
‘Paras-par sahakaar ej HIV no padkar’ was released on the same
A group of
21 people from Empowerment through creative integration (ECI-Limited),
Islamabad, Pakistan visited SEWA from 19-24 June on
Exposure Tour. They also visited SEWA Bank, SEWA Academy,
Gram Haat, Unnat Bazaar, Design SEWA, Federation, Banascraft,
SEWA Kalakruti, etc.
SEWA’s 'My Life My Work' received Social Documentary Award at
the Guidonia Film Festival in Guidonia, Italy. Of 310
entries, 13 films were chosen. Video SEWA team received the award from the Mayor.
In Year 2006
members participated in ICT conference organized by World
Summit Information Society, at Tunasia.
Academy members participated in International workshop on
Workers Education and Workers Media in a Global Economy
International Federation for Workers’ Education Associations
(IFWEA) from 4-6 April at Capetown.
Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard University also an
international coordinator of the Global Research Policy
Network, Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and
Organizing (WIEGO) completed ‘SEWA @ 30’ project with SEWA
Academy. Under the project a book named ‘Impact’ was
published in 2005. The book- ‘SEWA @ 30’ assesses the impact
on its members of specific SEWA services and strategies.
participated in Rally to celebrate World Literacy Day on 8
September organized by SEWA Academy Literacy Division.
Cassette – ‘Swasthaya Sandesh’ was released on 6 October at
Dayan Sammelan. The 9 songs recorded for the cassette were
developed by SEWA Academy in association with Lok Swasthya
Mandali under Swasthya Sanchar Programme.
In Year 2005
Swaminathan Research Foundation – MSSRE organized an ICT
Workshop from 15-22 October. SEWA Academy member participated
in the workshop which was coordinated by Global Knowledge
participated in a workshop on upliftment of the
underprivileged through Information and Communication
Technology – Challenge for Voluntary Organization,
organized by Atal Bihari Bajpayee Indian Institute of
Information Technology and Management, Gwalior.
participated in the workshop on ‘Achieving multilayer Gender
Equality in the field of Education till 2015’ organized at
Le Meridien, New Delhi under the chairmanship of Kiran Bedi
by Confederation of Indian Industry in joint collaboration
of Samata Organization including Finance Director, Deputy
Director, Coordinator, Project Officer participated in 4
days Exposure Programme from 22 April organized by SEWA
Academy. They had an overnight stay at Manipur which they
liked a lot and found the surroundings lush with greenery. Samata organization works
on the issue of equal distribution of land.
One of the
team members of SEWA Video participated in the Geneva world
summit on information society (WISIS) from 15-25 March.
2005, SEWA Academy started its own radio programme Rudi No
Radio with All India Radio (national radio).
International Women’s Day was celebrated by SEWA Academy on
12 March organized by SEWA Academy’s Literacy Division at
Aabadnagar, Danilimda’s Shantipath Centre. SEWA Academy
members; Mr. Federick, Hilton
Foundation; Vidulaben, Akhil Hind Mahila Parishad,
Ahmedabad, and other members were present during the
Honda, Japan visited SEWA and conducted a research on SEWA
Training to ascertain the types of training provided by SEWA
Academy. She interviewed 30 women and presented her results.
training initiated by SEWA Academy in association with ACT
on 20 August with demands from daughters of SEWA members to
progress in the field of Technology 6-months computer
training classes are initiated.
Academy members participated in Women in Media workshop
organized by National Commission for women at Vignyan
Bhavan, New Delhi on 6-7 August.
‘Media as vehicle for change’ was jointly organized by
Indira School of Communication (ISC) and The Asian Media
Information and Communication Centre (AMIC) and The French
Elbert Stiftung (FES) on 16-17 September at Pune wherein
‘Empowerment of women through Media' paper was presented by
member of SEWA Academy and Sudhanya Dasgupta Mukherji.
Study was conducted on Milk Cooperatives of Ahmedabad &
Gandhinagar District by SEWA Academy.
Academy training department conducted a Post Graduate Diploma
course on ‘Universalizing the Socio-Economic Security for
Poor’ jointly with the Institute of Social Studies,
Netherlands and Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum.
Academy participated in the Third World Water Forum in
Academy participated in workshop conducted by Robert
Chambers from IDS, Sussex who is an expert on Participatory
In Year 2002
Academy Research Division conducted a study on women
associated with more than one trade and the situation of
their work. A research study was conducted on incense stick
maker and ready made garment workers by Research team.
study on Rag Pickers was conducted by SEWA Academy Research Division.
Educational Exhibition was organized by SEWA Academy
Literacy Division on 19 September at Behrampura, Ahmedabad.
Sports day was organized on 9 October on Gandhi Jayanti at
Home Guard Ground in which 250 women participated.
Academy Research Division had undertaken a study on
‘Transforming Water into Money'
out by SEWA in collaboration with IRC International Water
and Sanitation Centre & Partners and Foundation of Public
Interest (FPI) has been
ranked first the world over among research studies on ‘Water
and Poverty’. This study will be presented in Third Water
team learnt nonlinear computer technique and started
utilizing the same in their work.
In Year 2001
Academy members participated in TOT organized by National
Institute of Rural Development (NIRD), Hyderabad on topic
Training Methods and Communication Skills Course.
Nav Sakshar women participated in celebrations on World
Literacy Day, 8 September organized by Literacy
Division, SEWA Academy at Tagore Hall, Ahmedabad.
occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, Literacy Division, SEWA Academy
organized Rally to promote Literacy in which around 475
In Year 2000
development of team members 4 days training, of many
trainings to be followed from January to May, was organized by
SEWA Academy Research Division. Researcher Professor S P
Punalekar, Dr. D S Shah, Dr. B T Kazi & Dr. B Swaroopdas,
Centre for Social Studies, Surat provided training and
explained in detail the importance of research different
methods of Quantitative & Qualitative Research, Analysis and
Women’s Media Centre organized a workshop on Vendors’ issues
in which SEWA Academy member, Rajiben, vegetable
vendor, Savita Patni, team member, Video
SEWA member participated.
girls and women of Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar Taluka
participated in celebration organized on World Literacy Day.
Around 6000 women
became literate and learned to read-write and are eager
to learn further. The members studying in literacy classes
performed a play on ‘Education at our Doorstep’.
was registered as the ‘The Gujarat women’s Video SEWA
Information and Communication Cooperative Society Ltd on 1
In Year 1999
Film Festival was organized by National Foundation for
India, New Delhi at Silver Oak Indian Habitat Centre, New
Delhi on 10 February 1998.
participated in Nav Sakshar Camp on World
Literacy Day, 8 September was organized at Manipur, Sanand Taluka.
Academy hosted a special Exposure and Dialogue Program (EDP),
with Germany parliamentarians, senior World Bank and Germany
Development agency officials. The EDP aimed to learn in
depth, about the lives of working class women, their work,
their struggles and their approaches to dealing with the
insecurity and vulnerability they face in their daily lives.
In Year 1998
Charkha jointly organized 4 days Writing Training cum Camp
on 18 March at Anasooya’s office, Akhbar Bhavan,
Academy participated in 5 days workshop on ‘Caste, Poverty
and Employment’ at ILO Training Centre, Turin, Italy.
Academy members participated in a programme on Capacity
Building through Communication, Film, Video, TV at
Development Study School, Kathmandu, Nepal organized by Save
the Children South and Central Asia.
celebrated successful completion of 14 years by organizing
Video Festival at National Institute of Design (NID)
Auditorium, Ahmedabad on 20 April.
participated in Doordarshan meeting on 15 September and
represented Video SEWA.
Workshop on Nav Saksharta was organized on 18 September
at Manipur, Sanand Taluka.
Academy participated in 10 days workshop organized by
Ministry of Social Welfare, Yemen started on 19 September.
In Year 1997
Jayant, Editor, Anasooya receives Gujarat State 1995-96 Best
Journalist Award in the field of women development on 18 May from Chief Minister Shanker Singh Vaghela. Moreover,
Gujarat Branch of All India Women’s Conference awarded ‘Shri
Bhanuben Patel Vishesht Chandrak’ to Jayntika Jayant in
recognition of her unique social contribution. It was
awarded to her by the Governor of Gujarat.
started 3 major research efforts at the State, National and
International level to bring out the economic contribution
of women in the informal sector. At state level, SEWA along
with other research organizations, GIDR, GLI and CSS
conducted a micro level study on the contribution of the
informal sector. At national level SEWA collaborated with
the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) on
a series of studies both macro and micro which look at the
informal sector’s contribution from many different angles.
At the international level, SEWA collaborated with Harvard
University and UNIFEM (United Nations Fund for Women) in a
new initiative, aimed at bringing informal sector into the
mainstream through research, statistics and programmes which
lead to changes in policies.
SEWA’s ‘Tees Karore Kahan Hai?’ (Where are 30 crore informal
sector workers?) was telecast on Delhi Doordarshan on
International Workers' Day, 1 May.
In Year 1996
Literacy Classes were initiated in different localities for
adult women and their daughters engaged in different trades.
participated in 18th
International Women’s Film Festival from 14-31 March. Video
SEWA’s four films 'Video SEWA: Women’s
Alternative', 'Kanya Ratna', 'A Journey from Rs 7 to 4 Lakhs' and
'I am Shakti' were screened thrice. They also conducted 5
days Video Training during the Festival.
organized by SEWA Academy from 6-9 March in which 16
members participated. Dr. Norma Lange-Tagaza from GTZ, Germany conducted
the TOT in which 8 methods were taught to Trainers.
Serageldin, Vice President, World Bank visited SEWA Academy
on 24 November during his visit to SEWA Bank.
SEWA’s Leela Datania entered the Limca Book of Records as
the first illiterate woman worker to be a video film
was published independently by a newly-formed organization,
Shri Mahila SEWA Anasooya Trust.
November, Children’s Day; Anasooya Trust launched a new
monthly publication ‘Akashganga’ for our member’s daughters
aged 8-14 years.
In Year 1995
Clinton, First Lady of the US visited SEWA Ahmedabad. SEWA
members represented activities of SEWA Union, SEWA Bank,
Gram Vikas, Social Security, Cooperatives and SEWA Academy
in an open discussion with the First Lady.
Academy member participated in the United Nations Fourth
World Conference on Women held at Beijing, China from 4-15
Academy undertook and produced a Study on Social Security
Needs of Rural Women, on request by Udyogini, an NGO based
in Delhi; a study of ICDS program run by Sangini
Co-operative commissioned by UNICEF.
won international recognition when it received an award for
its video titled ‘A journey from Rs 7 to Rs 4 Lakhs’ at the
UN Women’s Conference, Beijing. Besides, 3 videos of SEWA’s
production were broadcast at the national level.
acquired its own premise at Akhbar
Bhavan, Gandhinagar along with other newspapers of
long conference was organized on ‘Women Empowering
Communication’ at Bangkok from 12 February onwards. SEWA
Academy members conducted two workshops on Video
SEWA and its utility. Around 5000 women participated in the
organized 21 days workshop for 15 women from rural and urban
areas. Barkley Stuart, Renuka Berry, Selly Stuart and Video
Team provided training on ‘Communication for change’.
Academy member presented two papers on Trade Union Movement
SEWA’s Experience and Trade Union and Cooperatives at Nordk
Forum of Finland from 2-8 August. Around 50000 women
participated in the different topics of the forum organized
Division of Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya (IGRMS),
an autonomous organization of the Ministry of Culture
Government of India organized 2 days conference on Video
Film in which two members of Video SEWA participated. Both the
women though illiterate were proficient with equipments. A
5-minutes film on the meeting was made which was telecast on
Doordarshan same day with Leela Datania’s interview.
Academy participated in 3-weeks training organized by Afro
Asian Institute, Tel Aviv, Israel on planting seedlings on
uncultivated desert land and Cooperatives.
of members on their socio-economic position. Besides,
research on head loader, contract-labourer workers and
readymade garment workers is undertaken.
Academy initiated Literacy Class on 5 November.
SEWA’s film on women’s empowerment ‘A Women’s Alternative’
was selected for Festival International De Films De Femmes
Academy was created in 1991 and since it has been the focal
point for capacity building, communications and research
efforts. The two communication media namely ‘Anasooya’ and
Video SEWA involved in awareness raising and increasing
information and knowledge were directly linked with SEWA
informal sector women is considered as economic activity, to
highlight its importance a programme on ‘My Life My Work’
produced by Video SEWA was utilized during census survey.
This programme became very famous and was telecast from
Rajkot and Ahmedabad Doordarshan.
were made to bring all the training under one umbrella and
thought was put into making it functional. Thus
after a meeting of experts from various fields (legal,
labour, education, health management and co-operative)
culminated the need of forming SEWA Academy.
was awarded the Feldafest German Award.
had a 3-week editing workshop conducted by Martha Stuart
Communication. During the workshop, participants learned
simple editing techniques. After an initial period of
practice and gaining confidence at the editing table,
productions recorded were edited. The new programmes had
more interview and visuals. They were shorter in duration
and addressed more aspects of a particular problem. The
tapes were mainly on issues of vegetable vendors,
tobacco-processing workers, home based readymade garments
workers, SEWA Bank, SEWA co-operatives, oral rehyderation
therapy, smokeless stove, interviews with SEWA group
leaders & organizers and processions taken out by garment
workers & vendors.
video production workshop was held. The workshop was one in
a series of workshop conducted by the Village Video Network,
VVN. The VVN was co-sponsored by Martha Stuart Communication
(New York) and United Nations University (UNU-Tokyo).
Members of grassroot organizations in developing countries
were taught to use video as a tool of developmental
communication. These members are linked in a global network
called the Village Video Network, VVN. Member countries can
exchange programmes to enable horizontal communications
between people beyond geographical borders.