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Jyoti Mhapsekar is librarian by profession and an activist from women’s movement  since 1975.  She is one of the founder members of Mumbai based organisation 'Stree Mukti Sanghatana'  and at present it's President. She has written 6 plays so far. These are musical satires on women's issues, children's education and child labour respectively. She  represents India on the Women’s Playwrights International. One of her plays 'Mulagi Zali Ho' [Girl is Born] has been translated in eight Indian languages and has over 2000 performances in the last 22 years. She has written the lyrics and composed the music for the same and  enacted in more than 500 bi-lingual performances. Mulagi Zali Ho also has the distinction of being presented for the International audiences first time at Women Playwrights International Conference in Adelaide , Australia in 1994 and again in Beijing Women’s Conference in 1995. She has also written several songs for the Women's Movement. The song, 'Le Kandho Par  Adha Akash' is included in  'Post Beijing Poetry' published by Minnesota University , US . She has scripted two short films on women’s empowerment for W.D.C. Maharashtra. She is also a freelance writer for magazines, newspapers  and  All India Radio. She is one of the editors of Training manuals on Adolescent sensitization and Waste pickers training respectively published by Stree Mukti Sanghatana. As an activist, she has initiated and lead two major projects for Stree Mukti Sanghatana  

1.      Jidnyasa [Quest]; an adolescent sensitization programme under which one lakh fifty thousand students are covered so far.  
 

2.      Parisar Vikas [Neighbourhood Development]; a project under which 2000 women road waste pickers [ragpickers] have been organized and trained in environmental entrepreneurship, leadership, saving groups, literacy, health and in alternative skill such as  composting and gardening. and helped in finding out  jobs. 

At present she is one of the conveners of the Alliance on Waste management and ‘Swachha’ Alliance of waste pickers in India .  

The Japanese Broadcasting Corporation, made a documentary on her, for it's programme ' Asia at Crossroads' which was telecast in September 1999.