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

    State level Consultation on
    Enhancing Youth-Led Advocacy
    21-22 Aug 2015
    S.M.Joshi Foundation, Pune