Cerebral Shangrila

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Rainbow Quiz - Identify the personality - Week 63

Here is the next weekly "Rainbow" quiz , where I would be giving 7 clues (Hence the name Rainbow) about a personality. Try to discover the person in the least number of clues . You can either leave the answer as a comment / email me . Feedback/ suggestions welcome. Googling is not preferred but then its just for fun and so go ahead if you need to.

X is yet another Gandhian who has made a powerful difference to the lives of thousands of Indian women.

clue # 1 : "X" was born in Ahmedabad, India. The second of three daughters, she grew up in a well-to-do family deeply interested and active in social causes.Her father was a lawyer and mother an active participant in women's movement.

clue # 2 : Following graduating as a lawyer, she joined the legal department of the Textile Labour Association (TLA) in Ahmedabad.

clue # 3 : She went to Israel where she studied at the Afro-Asian Institute of Labor and Cooperatives in Tel Aviv for three months, receiving the International Diploma of Labor and Cooperatives .

clue # 4 : With the co-operation of Arvind Buch, the then president of TLA, "X" undertook to organize the self-employed women into a union under the auspices of the Women's Wing of the TLA. Then in 1972, the Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA) was established.

clue # 5 : SEWA seeks to provide financial security for its members, while at the same time campaigning for social change based on Gandhian principles. SEWA is comprised of the unorganized sector of India's economy and its goal is to for full- employment and self- reliance for women.

clue # 6 : She was granted an honorary Doctorate degree in Humane Letters by Harvard University in 2001. She was awarded the civilian honour of Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India. She was also awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership and the Right Livelihood Award .

clue # 7 : In 2007, Nelson Mandela, Gra├ža Machel, and Desmond Tutu convened a group of world leaders to contribute their wisdom, independent leadership and integrity to tackle some of the world's toughest problems. Nelson Mandela announced the formation of this new group, The Elders. "X" is one of the founding members of this group.

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