The founder of APWA was Begum Ra’ana Liaquat Ali Khan, the wife of Pakistan’s First Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan. APWA is the pioneer volunteer women welfare non-governmental organization. It was established in 1949. Hundreds of women came out of their homes in response to Begum Ra’ana Liaquat’s call for volunteers. They worked under the concrete vision and mission of Begum Ra’ana Liaquat in the refugee camps; collected and distributed goods, clothing, medicines and money; established family health centers, primary and higher schools, stitching centres and industrial homes. APWA’s National Headquarter is situated in Karachi; there are four provincial branches in all four provinces, Provincial H/Q are in Karachi, Lahore, Quetta and Peshawar with a Liaison Branch in Islamabad. There are 18 District Branches across Pakistan. APWA leads international platform through its Overseas Units in CANADA, USA, U.K. Currently; APWA has consultative status with the Government of Pakistan and category B status with the United Nation Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the U N Department of Public Information (DPI). Presently, APWA is a member of the largest women’s organizations, including International Alliance for Women (IAW),the Associated Country Women of the world (ACWW),and the General Federation of Women’s Club (GFWC) of USA and also of the Asia Pacific Regional Network (IRENE) .
APWA’s vision and aim is to pilot projects to work at the grass roots level to empower the women and specially the girl child education, in order to achieve sustainable and benevolent development in Pakistan. APWAs contributions have included the crafting of the Family Law Ordinance 1961, and formation of the Women’s Affair Division in 1985. APWA has contributed in every field for women empowerment, in education, health, skill development, career building, violence against women, legal cell to deal with women legal issue and tangible efforts at all levels against any and all economic, social and legal discriminations.
APWA Punjab Headquarters Lahore, has established 17 Primary Schools and 4 Adult Literacy Centers , 12 health centers, 6 Skill centers, Daycare unit ,APWA Cottage Industry, APWA Free Legal Aid Cell, APWA Zeenat Auditorium and APWA Youth College with 2 students and 2 Career Women’s Hostels. Apwa has 12 District Branches with in the province of Punjab.
Apwa Punjab’s vision is to sensitize Pakistani women and children to make efforts to visualize and realize the imminent need for gender parity. APWA’s vision is to streamline the quality education especially for the girl child and women all over Pakistan. To develop grassroots initiatives to promote awareness campaigns to open all dimensions for women empowerment. APWA Punjab is determined to eliminate all forms of discriminations against women. Zero tolerance for violence against women that leads to the infringement of women’s dignity and respect as a human being. APWA works relentlessly to ensure and secure compatible and consistent environment to mobilize women towards gender equality, legal awareness, health care, reproductive choices and economic stability through skill empowerment. APWA endeavors to fight for the rights of women and children.
APWA is the leading women service oriented organization that aims for a mission to raise voice against all social injustices and all forms of discrimination against women’s rights. APWA proclaims to amend the anti women’s right clauses in the Constitution of Pakistan, and ensure gender parity implementation. APWA’s priority is to invest in Girl Child Education in Non-accessible areas. A special emphasis on women’s health to ensure safe and healthy population. To train and motivate home based workers and Domestic workers, and lobbying to include them in the labour laws of Pakistan. APWA believes that when a girl or a women is empowered she serves as a catalyst for positive change in the society.
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Ms. Rizwana Akram, Ms. Shakeela Khanum Rasheed, Ms. Ruhi Sayid (Chairperson), Ms. Zubaida Saleem Hassan, Ms. Farrukh Nisar ul Haq.