Feature articles

2009

  1. Power for the powerless: the woman behind India’s ‘Gentle Revolution'

    03 June 2009

    Nearly four decades ago Dr Bhatt, now 76, founded what has become India’s largest and most unusual trade union. The members are waste-pickers, street vendors, incense stick rollers, construction and agricultural workers, and home-based workers. They are the so-called informal economy workers - women at the bottom of the ladder who have no job security or social safety net. The organization Dr Bhatt started to help them, Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), now has more than a million members, half of them in her home state, Gujarat.

  2. India’s barefoot solar engineers fight climate change and poverty

    03 June 2009

    At the forefront of what the International Labour Organization (ILO) – the UN agency that deals with work and workplace issues – called Green Jobs; jobs are being created as a result of economies adapting to climate and environmental change.