Munnade Social Organisation empowers garment workers and their family members through training, counselling, legal support, self-help groups, and assistance to get scholarships and pensions.


Munnade Social Organisation

We are actively working at Bangalore, Bangalore Rural and Tumkur

Munnade Social Organisation, established in 2011, is dedicated to the welfare of women garment workers and improving their living and working conditions. Based in Bengaluru, the organisation was founded by a group of ex-women garment workers, who understand the sector well and are deeply sensitive to the issues, affecting women, working in the garment sector. Apart from directly, supporting women garment workers through forming Self-Help Groups, training on various labour laws, capacity building, counselling and legal assistance. Munnade supports their children's day-care and education and helps them to access various welfare schemes through the Workers Welfare Board, Department of Women and Child Development and Department of Backward Class and Minorities among others as a representative body. Munnade advocates Garment Workers’ needs with the state government.


"Women garment workers enjoy a happy domestic life and a violence-free workplace"


1. Empower female garment workers to deal with and reduce domestic violence at home and harassment at the workplace. 2. Ensure that female garment workers access social security, worker welfare, and government services and schemes. 3. Enhance the security, care, and development of garment workers' children aged 0-12 years. 4. Mainstream the children of garment workers aged 6-16 years through education and life skills development.




Ishrath Nisar


Mrs. Ishrath Nisar has completed her M.A. In Kannada from Mysore University in 1991 and started her career as a Kannada lecturer in Al-Amin College Bangalore. In 1999 she joined as Reporter cum Sub Editor in Janvahini . She was the first Muslim women who started working in the Kannada Journalism field, which also brought in many firsts into the Kannada Print media. 2005 She worked with the renowned Film Director GirishKasaravalli on his Award winning Kannada Movie “Hasina” as Costume designer which won three National Awards for Best Actress, Best Costume Designing and best film on social welfare.She also has expertise in setting up child friendly crèches for garment and leather industries. She is a good mentor and supports, help the youth think positively and enjoys being with them.


Yashodha PH

General Secretary

Mrs. Yashodha is one of the founders and General Secretary of Munnade. She has certificate of Senior secondary school and belong small village called Pochakatte of Tumkur district, Karnataka.She was provoked by Karnataka government’s program “adult education” in her childhood and used to teach her parents and grandparents in the evening in her early teens.She is the victim of Child-marriage and lost her husband at the age of 18. Then she moved to Bangalore with her an year old kid. To meet her daily expenses she joined to garment factory as tailor and worked 8 long years. She resigned her job when she could not face the harassment at workplace and joined Cividep-India as Field-Coordinator. She has the presented situation of Indian garment workers in different international platforms including Cardiff university of UK. Now she is also holding the Executive role of Munnade and working hard to empower garment workers.


Suhasini Singh

Vice President

Mrs. Suhasini Singh has been working for Fear Wear foundation (FWF) since 2013 as a Country Representative & currently as Country Manager for India. Prior to Fair Wear she was working as Program Director at CIVIDEP which is a labour rights organization based in Bangalore, India. Since 2007, she has focused her work on labor rights issues in supply chain-garment industry in particular, primarily concerned with the working and living condition of women workers in the garment industry. Her work interests are wages, business and human rights and gender. She is the author of a number of articles and research reports on the issue of working conditions for garment workers and corporate accountability in the supply chain. Singh is a Commerce graduate from Delhi University and holds a Masters in Business Administration with specialization in Rural Development from Institute of Rural Management, Jaipur. She lives in Bangalore with her husband and two children.


Sumithra Acharya


Mrs. Sumitra Acharya has completed her B.A. LLB from Mangalore University in 1997 and her LLM from National Law School of India University in 2000. She worked as a Senior Research Assistant to Ms. Flavia Agnes, Senior Advocate, High Court, Mumbai from 2000 to 2002. She then worked as a Research Assistant for various centers at NLSIU from 2002 to 2006. She assisted the Centre for Women and Law, National Law School of India University, in its UNICEF project to draft a Manual for the Judiciary to combat trafficking of women and children for commercial sexual exploitation (accessible at She has done a Research Work on Reproductive Rights of Women with Disabilities in selected districts of Karnataka and Orissa in 2017-18 as a part of the Research Project undertaken by the Centre for Women and the Law funded by National Commission for Women, New Delhi.


Chetana Koulagi


Chetana Koulagi is a social entrepreneur and founder of LetsTagOn, a platform to ‘Tag’ youth to the social development. LetsTagOn offers a digital platform, consulting, and services in the space of volunteering, service learning, probono and volunteering management in collaboration with a wide network of non-profit organizations. Chetana has a Masters in Software Systems from BITS, Pilani and B.Engg. in Computer Science from SDM College of Engg. & Tech. She has 18+ years of IT industry experience with last decade in Infosys. She has been an active volunteer herself for various social causes and professional institutes like Project Management Institute.


Dr. KS Nithyananda Shetty


Dr. Nithyananda Shetty KS is an administrator at Employee State Insurance hospital, Indiranagar, Bengaluru. He did MD DCH PGDAP PFDHR and has specialized knowledge in the field of pediatrics. He has a great interest in adolescent health and Children and Women empowerment. He is the author of two books too.


Pavana Lingaiah


Pavana is a legal consultant at SASHA. SASHA provides Support against Sexual Harassment to various workplaces to ensure a safe, secure, friendly, and respectful work environment to all employees. She is an accomplished senior professional, with a vast experience in handling Sexual harassment inquiries, POSH counsel, people management and development. She advocates gender equality and is passionate about working towards ungendered environment/culture, starting with workplaces.



Saraswathi S.


Saraswathi. S qualified with the tenth standard. She is currently working as mobilization coordinator. She started her carrier in Munnade as senior field activists in May 2012. She has worked in the garments industry as Checker from 1995-2002, as senior field organizer from 2002-2010 in Cividep India. Saraswathi is well connected with women workers through Self-Help Groups and she inspires women workers to take up leadership. She is good at culinary activities and helps young and energetic activists to reach their goal by motivating them.


Jamuna N. S.


Jamuna N.S qualified with Bachelor of Administration from Bangalore University. Designated as Operations Manager since January 2018. She has worked as volunteer in Samvada, an NGO from 2014-2017 and also as a performer facilitator in “UR/Unreserved”, a theatre-based Project with the support of Maraa Organisation. She is a good public speaker, interested in Politics, literature and pencil sketch. She is much aware of women condition through field and research works which help the organization to build a good strategy for women workers.


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Nirvana, # 329, 18th Cross, Ideal Homes Layout- Phase 1, Raja Rajeshwari Nagar, Bangalore - 560 098



We are looking for two Field Activists for different projects. To apply, please send us your curriculum vitae along with covering letter to

1. Transparency: Munnade will make sure that details of its policies, programs, activities, and finances are accessible to its board members, employees, government, donors, beneficiaries and other stakeholders.

2. Free from Corruption: The organization will show zero tolerance to any form of corruption at all levels. Policies and systems will be in place to deal with corruption.

3. Involving its primary stakeholders: As far as possible, the primary stakeholders will be consulted while implementing projects and will be involved to plan, monitor, implement and evaluate the projects.

4. Mutual Respect and Co-operation: Transactions with board members, employees, primary stakeholders, donors, and other stakeholders will be carried out with utmost respect and cooperation.

5. Improving the attitudes, skill, and knowledge: Efforts will be made to train the ED and staff regularly to improve their knowledge. attitudes and skills.

6. Career Growth: A career growth plan will be developed for each and every employee of the organization. 


1. Escape to freedom: Empowering women garment workers to enjoy violence free workplace and happy personal life.

2. Enabling socially secure life: Empowering women garment workers to enjoy social security, welfare and government schemes and benefits.  

3. Leading the Way to Freedom: Building leaders who will raise their voice against injustice and support co-workers who are facing violence and harassments.

4. Transforming Children into Productive Citizens: Mainstreaming garment workers children (6 to 16 years) through quality education and overall development opportunities.

5. Enabling garment workers to work in peaceEnsuring early childhood care, development and education of garment worker children aged (0-4 years). 

6. Enabling garment workers to continue their jobs: Ensuring the security and care of garment worker children aged (5-12 yrs). 


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Account Number: 64075679566

Bank: State Bank of India

Branch: Mysore Road

IFSC Code: SBIN0040529

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