Cornell University

Cornell Global Labor Institute

16 East 34th Street, 4th Floor, 212-340-2840

Discussion with Ms. Jyoti Macwan

General Secretary of India's Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA)

The SEWA experience in India is pertinent for unions in the U.S. who are on the cutting edge of new organizing among immigrants and low-paid workers in the informal sector.  Organizations grounded in immigrant communities can also relate to the SEWA story.



Firday, June 12, 2:00 - 3:30 pm


WHERE: Cornell Conference Center
16 East 34th Street, Sixth Floor
(between 5th and Madison)
New York City

RSVP to Steven King at 212.340.2812 or

This event is a brownbag.  Please feel free to bring your own lunch!

About SEWA:

SEWA is one of the fastest growing unions in the world is helping to reinvent trade unionism in India in ways that has relevance for workers all over the world.  Already more than 1 million members,  SEWA is an affiliate of the International Trade Union Confederation
SEWA is both an organisation and a movement. The SEWA movement is enhanced by its being a "sangam" or confluence of three movements : the labor movement, the cooperative movement and the womens movement. But it is also a movement of self-employed workers : their own, home-grown movement with women as the leaders.
SEWA was launched in 1972. Today it remains an organization of poor, self-employed women workers. SEWA's members are women who earn a living through their own labor, small businesses, or cooperatives. They do not obtain regular wages or benefits like most unionized workers in India, but they have organized in new and creative ways.  SEWA's methods have been replicated by other organizations around the world.