Academy is the focal point for all of SEWA’s training, capacity
building, research and communication efforts. SEWA Academy functions as our member’s ‘UNIVERSITY’,
providing our members their first introduction to a
formal learning environment. It is the organizational
wing that is responsible for basic membership education and
for capacity building, leadership training,
communication and research.
requires an ideological framework and a clear
direction understood by all its members. All
participants in the movement must have a common
understanding of the vision and the strategy.
Moreover, in a grassroots movement like SEWA,
leadership cannot be imposed from above. It must
blossom from below so that the organization can remain
dynamic, effective, and unified. To evoke and inspire
such grassroots leadership, education is fundamental.
Besides education and capacity building, it is also
important to understand the lives and work of self
employed women and carry that understanding to the
women themselves and to policy makers, activists,
academics, and the general public. It is in response
to these needs that the SEWA Academy was created in