Renana Jhabvala is an Indian social worker, who has been active for decades in organising women in the informal economy into trade unions, co-operatives and financial institutions in India, and has been extensively involved in policy issues relating to poor women and the informal economy.
She is best known for her long association with the Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA), India, and for her writings on issues of women in the informal economy. She is also the chair of the board of SEWA Bharat, SEWA Grih Rin Ltd., HomeNet South Asia, and WIEGO (Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing). She was also a Member of UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment (2016-2017). She was Chancellor Gandhigram Rural University (2012-2017).
In 1990, she was awarded a Padma Shri from the Government of India for her contributions in the field of social work."