First World War, eminent women personalities like Lady Dorab J. Tata and others
came together driven by a strong desire to alleviate the problems of
under-privileged, poverty stricken women and children in Maharashtra and
conceived of a movement.
suffering is not confined to wartime.
This team of
highly motivated women recognised its extreme form in a city even during
peacetime, as far back as 1919, and searched for ways to alleviate it. They
created the Bombay Presidency Women’s Council, an organisation that would
devote itself to the cause of easing lives of women and children who were in
extreme distress. The organisation was rechristened the Maharashtra State
Women’s Council (MSWC) in 1962. For over 90 years, this non-governmental organisation has brought like-minded women together in the service of others, to
help tackle social and medical problems faced by poor women and children in the
which was founded with the primary aim of mutual help and service to others,
carries forward in every way the interests and advancement of underprivileged
women and children and attempts to re-integrate them into the folds of society,
thereby creating in them an acceptance of the responsibilities of citizenship.
The council strongly believes for a nation to prosper there should be strong focus
on improving the economic status of disadvantaged women in society. A society
that cannot care for its women and children cannot be healthy. This goal of the
council has been uppermost in the minds of its various functionaries in the
past and present who continuously strive to achieve this principal objective.