Ela Bhatt


Ela Bhatt born Ahmedabad, India September 7, 1933. Indian lawyer; Gandhian leader of SEWA women's social service organization; won Alternative Nobel Prize 1984; Niwano Peace Prize 2010; Indira Gandhi Peace Prize 2011; co-founded Women's World Banking 1979.


"SEWA is struggling to find alternatives in a society based on love and non-violence." (Right Livelihood acceptance speech, 1984)

"[Gandhi] said that women are natural leaders in our fight for social justice where love and peace, nonviolence, are the chief weapons of the fight." (quote and photo Motion, Dec. 18, 2003)