Suman Muthe-Sociologist, Social Worker for tribal women
MRS. SUMAN MUTHE- SOCIAL WORKER, WRITER AND SOCIOLOGIST GIVEN “SIDDHA SEWA” AWARDMrs Suman Muthe has been honoured with Siddha Sewa award by Swami Hardas Foundation on 11thMarch 2011 at Pune. This award was given by the Founder of the foundation, Swami Hardas and hiswife at an impressive ceremony attended by many dignitaries from India. The foundation has beenactively working in India since 1990 and has an active presence in many other countries. The awardhas been constituted to felicitate those who have shown exemplary contributions to the society.Suman Muthe is based in Nasik, Maharashtra and has been actively working in the areas of childwelfare and women development particularly in the tribal belts of Maharashtra, India since morethan 20 years. She has initiated and implemented several projects and guided women on variousaspects such as child health care, women rights, family counselling etc. In recognition of hercontribution, she has been awarded by many organisations which include the State level award bygovernment of Maharashtra, "Ahilyabai Holkar Puraskar" given for outstanding contribution to thesociety in the areas of women and child development. The "Siddha Sewa" award by Swami HardasFoundation, Pune is her 22 nd award in her list of recognitions. Besides doing grass root work, shehas authored four books, delivers lectures and is a prolific writer.Suman Muthe started her career as a lecturer teaching Sociology and Marathi. Thereafter, shecompleted her M.Phil on “ Tribal Working Women” which focussed on the patterns and issues oftribal working women, how they have evolved over the years and coming from backward areas, howthey have coped up with various challenges in urban areas.She then took up voluntary work with Satyaniketan Trust in a small town called Rajur in Ahmednagardistrict. Although this trust has been functioning since more than 50 years in tribal areas, there areso many issues that are still unresolved. Satyaniketan Trust was founded by Gandhians and amajority of their work has been in the field of education through ashram schools, regular schoolsand colleges. Suman Muthe’s work in this trust has been focussed on women and child developmentin these tribal areas. Some of the common issues that are faced in these areas include lack of basiceducation, health and malnutrition, marital issues, lack of education on women rights, sanitationand environment protection.Suman Muthe has undertaken various projects and camps with the help of volunteers in this trustand has successfully implemented projects concerning the above mentioned issues. The issue ofwrongful exploitation of women in these areas has reduced considerably due to the efforts taken bySuman Muthe. Even at the age of 64 years, she makes it a point to visit these villages, hold meetingwith members of the trust and contribute as much as possible.On her family front, she is also an example of someone who has balanced her work life with familylife exceptionally well. A mother of two, she makes it a point to undertake various family chores andtake good care of her family. Her life is a shining example of working for the society selflessly andmaking the best use of knowledge for the less privileged.