MASUM’s 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 homogeneous 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.
- 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 economic empowerment
- 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-bodied hegemony