Welcome To MASUM

MASUM was co-founded by Dr. Manisha Gupte and Dr. Ramesh Awasthi in 1987 during their five year stay in the drought-prone Purandar block of Pune district. It evolved out of a commitment to women’s rights within and outside the home, working with a feminist perspective and a human rights approach. MASUM’s primary belief is that people can resolve their own problems collectively with some amount of external support; thus, rather than create dependence on itself, MASUM focused on strengthening people’s perspectives on democracy, equality, secularism and social justice.


  • To strengthen women’s self reliance and consciousness of human and constitutional rights.
  • To empower women to put pressure on the State for fulfilling its obligations towards its people.
  • To nurture women’s physical and emotional health.
  • To provide vocational training and credit facilities to women for self-employment.
  • To create a sustainable and humane mode of development through people’s active involvement.
  • To create a progressive space in society for all subordinated groups, and to specifically resist casteism, sexism, religious chauvinism, homophobia and able-ism.
  • Programmatic Themes

  • Addressing patriarchy and its inter-sectionality with other systems of discrimination.
  • Addressing structural and overt causes of ill-health and gender-based violence.
  • Non-discrimination, equality and social transformation based on social justice.
  • Human rights, rights based approach and child centred perspective.
  • Empowerment of women as individuals and as collectives for progressive social change.
  • Latest Events

    ‘मानवी हक्क’ प्रशिक्षण शिबीर
    १६ ते २१ नोव्हेंबर २०१५
    एस. एम. जोशी फाऊंडेशन, पुणे
    प्रवेश फॉर्मसाठी
    Click here

    महाराष्ट्र महिला हिंसामुक्ती शिबीर
    २६ ते २८ नोव्हेंबर २०१५
    एस. एम. जोशी फाऊंडेशन, पुणे