Overview of SEWA in Madhya Pradesh and their activities

Self – Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) MP has been working in Madhya Pradesh since 1985, and has been recently working in 19 districts of state with more than 6 lakh unorganised sector woman workers. They are working with construction workers, street vendors, home based workers (beedi rollers, agarbatti rollers, garment workers etc.), forest workers, agricultural labours and domestic workers of the informal sector woman workers.

They organise female members, creating awareness, and mobilising them about their rights as a woman and as a worker. SEWA is involved in rallies, picketing, capacity building of woman members, policy advocacy, negotiation with administration about their wages, basic amenities, linking them with social security schemes, developing IEC materials, surveys , research and cultural activities.

Sewa MP has started organise street vendor’s since 2000, Recently, Sewa MP has 40 000 street vendor members in 8 cities of Madhya Pradesh.

On the occasion of the National street Vendors Day (20th January 2014), SEWA MP organised meetings, rallies and picketing (Saanketik Dharna) with members of street vendors in 6 districts of Madhya Pradesh Indore, Bhopal, Ujjain, Dhar, Sagar and Damoh district. A memorandum of demands was given to Municipal body in each concerning officer, about the rapid implementation of order of Supreme Court about the implementation of bill Protection of Livelihoods of and Regulation of Street vending bill 2012, and provide Identity cards to street vendors, constitute Ward Committee etc.

More information can be found on http://www.sewabharat.org/membersandprojects_organisation.htm