Tokyo: Social worker Ela Bhatt has been chosen for the Niwano Peace Prize this year for her contribution to the uplift of poor women in India.

Ms. Bhatt, recognised as one of the pioneers in the development of the most oppressed and poorest women of India for more than three decades, will receive the award here on May 13.

The award, which recognises the significant contribution of an individual to inter-religious understanding and cooperation leading to world peace, comes with a certificate, a medal and prize money worth ¥20 million. She set up the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), a trade union, in 1972. Now, it has over 1.2 million members. In 1974, she established the SEWA cooperative bank, which now reaches out to around three million women.— PTI

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