About MASUM

MASUMís community level involvement is primarily with rural women in perennially drought- prone areas of Pune and Ahmednagar districts of Maharashtra state. Acknowledging that women are not a homogenous category and that multiple systems of domination - such as caste, class, religion and patriarchy operate in an intersectional manner, MASUM predominantly works with subordinated and minority-groups.

Some of MASUMís on-going activities include women's right to health and low-interest credit, confronting gender based violence, building a progressive perspective among young people and enhancing their rights in all areas of life. Political participation of women, both as elected representatives and as empowered citizens, and strengthening of child rights through village-based childrenís councils (Bal Panchayats) are ongoing interventions too. Men are encouraged to participate in MASUMís work, with women taking on leadership roles. Every programme of MASUM is interconnected with another, so that peopleís human rights are realised in multiple ways.

At the state and national levels, we are committed to training and capacity building of NGOs, CBOs and a variety of stake-holders in increasing peopleís access to economic, social and cultural (ESC) rights. MASUM is now recognised as a credible training institute on gender, health rights, ESC rights, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), violence against women (VAW), and dalit and minority rights. We are also involved with campaigns and networks that strengthen womenís rights from the local to the international levels.