Mirai Chatterjee, Chairperson, Gujarat Women’s SEWA Co-operative Federation

In this episode, Ashutosh Garg engages in a thought provoking conversation with Mirai Chatterjee, Chairperson of Gujarat Women’s SEWA Co-operative Federation, about the lives of the poor informal women workers in India and around the globe. Mirai is an alumnus of Harvard University and Johns Hopkins University.

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Overview

“You have to keep keeping on. Life is full of successes and failures and mistakes, and you get up and dust yourself and keep moving. It is like life itself. Twists and turns, ups and downs, and what is success? I don’t know.”

In this episode, Ashutosh Garg engages in a thought provoking conversation with Mirai Chatterjee, Chairperson of Gujarat Women’s SEWA Co-operative Federation, about the lives of the poor informal women workers in India and around the globe. Mirai is an alumnus of Harvard University and Johns Hopkins University.

Mirai, a senior individual from the social sector, talks about the three key milestones in her life. The Chairperson of SEWA (Self Empowered Women’s Association) explains how the organization works tirelessly to actualize the goal of full-employment and self reliance  of the underprivileged women working in the informal sector.

Mirai opines about the harsh reality of women being forced to bid adieu to their professional life after marriage. She draws a comparison between the way of life of women in rural India versus other parts of the world.

In the section that follows, Mirai talks about her responsibilities as the Chairperson of ‘Women in Informal Employment Organizing and Globalizing,’ a network of policy makers, researchers, and practitioners. Before concluding, she defines success in her terms and shared with us the biggest learnings from her biggest mistakes.

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2015–present     – Chairperson, Gujarat Womens’ SEWA Cooperative  Federation   

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