Ela Bhatt Age, Death, Husband, Children, Family, Biography

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Age: 89 Years
Hometown: Ahmedabad
Death Date: 02/11/2022

 Ela Bhatt

Full NameEla Ramesh Bhatt
Profession(s)Lawyer, Philanthropist
Famous ForFounding Self-Employed Women's Association of India (SEWA)
Role ModelMahatma Gandhi
Physical Stats & More
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourSalt and Pepper
Personal Life
Date of Birth7 September 1933
BirthplaceAhmedabad, Bombay Presidency, British Raj
Date of Death2 November 2022
Place of DeathShe died in a hospital in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. [1]The Hindu
Age (at the time of death)89 Years
Death CauseAge related issues [2]The Indian Express
Zodiac signVirgo
SignatureEla Bhatt Signature
HometownAhmedabad, India
SchoolSarvajanik Girls High School, Surat
College/InstituteM.T.B. College, Surat; Sir L. A. Shah Law College; Afro-Asian Institute of Labor and Cooperatives, Tel Aviv
Educational Qualification(s)B.A.
Diploma of Labor and Cooperatives
Awards/Honours1977: Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership
1984: Right Livelihood Award
1985: Padma Shri by the Government of India
1986: Honoured with Padma Bhushan
2010: Niwano Peace Prize for her outstanding work in empowering poor women in India
Boys, Affairs and More
Marital Status (at the time of death)Widow
Husband/SpouseRamesh Bhatt
Ela Bhatt's husband, Ramesh Bhatt
ChildrenSon- Mihir (b. 1959)
Daughter- Amimayi (b. 1958)
ParentsFather- Sumantrai Bhatt (Lawyer)
Mother- Vanalila Vyas

Ela Bhatt

Some Lesser Known Facts About Ela Bhatt

  • Ela Bhatt was an Indian social activist and Gandhian. She founded Self-Employed Women’s Association of India in 1972. On 2 November 2022, she died due to age-related issues in Ahmedabad. [3]The Hindu
  • While in college, she became involved in the first census of independent India, where she was exposed to the hardships faced by people. That was the point where she determined to do something for them. Ela Bhatt In Her College Time
  • She started her career with teaching English at SNDT Women’s University in Mumbai.
  • Ela joined the legal department of the TLA (Textile Labour Association) in 1955. Ela Joined TLA
  • Her progressive and dedicated work in the department promoted her to head the women’s wing in 1968.
  • In 1971, she went to Israel where she received the International Diploma of Labor and Cooperatives at the Afro-Asian Institute of Labor and Cooperatives.
  • In collaboration with Arvind Buch (the then president of TLA), she did an initiative to form a self-employed women’s union under the Women’s wing of the TLA.
  • In 1972, SEWA (Self-Employed Women’s Association) was established and Ela worked as a general secretary until 1996 in the organisation. Ela Bhatt With Her SEWA Team
  • The following year, she founded the Cooperative Bank of SEWA.
  • She was named Gentle Revolutionist due to her unique way of bringing women issues in front of everyone without involving any violence.
  • In 2001, she was awarded an honorary degree in Humane Letters by Harvard University.
  • Throughout her life, she worked for the women’s empowerment and employment and was honoured with the Radcliffe Medal on 27 May 2011 for her phenomenal efforts in uplifting women.
  • She received a Doctor of Humane Letters from Georgetown University and also an honorary doctorate from Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels.
  • Ela was one of the founding members of the Elders, which is a group consisting of twelve international social activists working together for peace and human rights across the globe. Ela Bhatt With The Elders Group
  • In 2012, she travelled to Bihar to led a youth project focusing on preventing child marriage as well as encouraged the state government to have an eye on this issue.
  • She was the winner of the first Global Fairness Award i.e. the globally recognised CARE Award.
  • Due to her evergreen achievements as an activist, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addressed her as “one of her heroines.” She stated, “I have a lot of heroes and heroines around the world and one of them is Ela Bhatt, who started an organisation called the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) in India many years ago.” Ela Bhatt With Hillary Clinton
  • Ela wrote two books named “We are poor but so many: the story of self-employed women in India” and “Anubandh: Building Hundred Mile Communities” published in 20016 and 2015 respectively. Ela Bhatt's Books
  • She was listed in “India’s 25 Greatest Global Living Legends.”