Our History

A Brief History of Stree Mukti Sanghatana (SMS)

  • 1975: Stree Mukti Sanghatana is founded. The Cultural Troupe begins with songs and SMS publishes its first two books and over the years 25 books have been written on women’s issues as well as various CDs and poster exhibitions are published.
  • 1979 : SMS performs its first play ‘Ha Prashnach Chukicha Aahe’ written by Rajeev Kalelkar. 1980: SMS participated in Anti dowry and anti rape campaigns to change the laws
  • 1983: SMS flagship play Mulagi Zali Ho was launched and since then over 3000 performances were held in for millions of viewers through large scale awareness campaigns in all districts of Maharashtra and through broadcasting and telecasting of the plays.
  • 1985: The first family counseling center was started. SMS now runs six centers in four districts (Mumbai, Thane, medicine Buldana, and Osmanabad). Tour –Yatra- of Western Maharashtra and then New Delhi, Bhopal, Gwalior, Jhansi, Indore. A play Jwalashikha Pandita Ramabai on the life of 19th Century Social Reformer launched
  • 1986: First issue of Prerak Lalkari Magazine (Clarion Call) is published . Tour –Yatra- of Vidarbha region. Launching of the play Hunda Nako Ga Bai
  • 1987: Tour –Yatra- of Vidarbha region
  • 1988: Tour –Yatra- of Vidarbha region
  • 1989: The first child care center-Aamche ghar  is launched. Seven crèches are now operated taking care of 25 children at each center. Launching of Adult Literacy campaign in slums of Chembur
  • 1991: Tour –Yatra- of Uttar Pradesh
  • 1992: SMS begins active participation in general campaigns for secular values of the Indian Constitution and special campaigns for rehabilitation and communal harmony following the 1992 riots.
  • 1993: SMS secretary Sharada Sathe was appointed as member to the First Women’s Commission of state of Maharashtra
  • 1994: SMS participates in III women playwrights conference in Adelaide Australia and SMS performs Mulagi Zali Ho. SMS participates in formulation of I Women’s policy of state of Maharashtra. Launching of the play ‘Bap Re bap’ on dwindling sex ratio.
  • 1995: SMS volunteers participate in the 4th World Women’s Conference in Beijing and SMS performs Mulagi Zali Ho . Back home SMS spreads the message of Platform for Action
  • 1996: The Jidnyasa-Quest family life education program for adolescent students is developed. Over five lakh students in ten districts have participated in the program.
  • 1998: Parisar Vikas is launched. The program now has over 3,000 women waste pickers participate in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane, and Dombivili.
  • 1999: SMS is accredited with ECOSOC (UNITED NATIONS).
  • 2000: Tour –Yatra- of North Maharashtra
  • 2001: Training program for waste pickers in leadership skills and vocational guidance
  • 2003: SMS constructed first biogas plant for Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai.
  • 2004: Federation of self help Groups of Waste pickers is registered
  • 2005: Ten cooperatives of waste pickers registered
  • 2006: Education Promotion program for 5000 children waste pickers is launched
  • 2008: Ye hai Mumbai Meri Jaan , a play on waste management launched
  • 2009: SMS hosts the VIII International Conference of Women Playwrights and SMS President, Ms. Jyoti Mhapsekar serves as convener. She also becomes a member of the management committee of Women’s Playwrights International Incorporated.
  • 2010: A play Samatekade Vatchal (Towards Equality) launched. SMS activists participated in UNFCCC conferences in Bonn and Copenhagen .
  • 2011: SMS starts construction of its new building in Koparkhairane
  • 2012: SMS activists participated n Environment conference in Brazil and Playwright conference in Sweden
  • 2013: SMS participates in the formulation of I Women’s policy of state of Maharashtra
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