SEWA Union


The Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA) Union was registered in Kerala only in 2008. Although it existed for over a decade prior to this date, the members of the SEWA union in Kerala were affiliated to the SEWA Union in Gujarat. It is only after the SEWA union got the status of a Central Trade Union, did it get registration in Kerala.

At the women workers level, SEWA builds awareness among the women who work for a living but who themselves do not consider themselves as workers because they do not earn a regular wage. Helping them unionize has also meant that women have been able to take advantage of benefits of welfare boards where they exist and other benefits like the RSBY. In specific cases like the bamboo workers and domestic workers, SEWA has helped women organize their own self activity so that they are able to also get decent wages. While the SEWA union in Kerala was initiated in Trivandrum District, it then built up in Ernakulam District and now is gradually spreading to Kollam, Kottayam, Allapuzha, Thrissur, Kozhikode and Malappuram districts and more recently in Idukki and Pathanamthitta Districts. It has a registered membership of 15000 workers from different sections of the informal sector. (2015)

Women workers are categorized into different trades like

• Domestic work
• Street vending
• Fish related work
• Tailoring
• Reed work
• Home-based work

President: Sunita S. L 9388137989

Secretary: Sonia George 9446551484


SEWA - Union
KRAD-47, Kunnumpuram Road
GPO, Thiruvananthapuram 695001
Phone No: 0471-2465007