After partition, Begum Ra’ana Liaquat Ali, the wife of the then Prime Minister mobilized the leading women of Punjab and its prominent citizens to rehabilitate the large number of refugee and homeless women in the province, particularly in Lahore.  These pioneering women had the foresight to envisage a community of economically self-sufficient women and formally laid the foundation of the Dar ul Niswan-Industrial Home and School in 1951 – a skills training facility.

This skill empowerment centre (formerly the Industrial Home and School) is still operational. In addition to producing quality needlework and handicrafts, it was institutionalized to offer other vocational skills e.g. I.T trainings and Marketing; keeping in view the demands of the present day.

APWA strives to empower women at the grassroots level. We recognize that every woman needs economic stability and access to credit and income generating sources. To this end, APWA Punjab presents short courses and skill enhancing projects.

We conduct short-term courses for girls including stitching, sewing, hand and machine embroidery, crocheting, knitting, as well as painting and sketching.

In order to generate income for the trainees, the skill center also organizes and participates in exhibitions from time to time.

Skill And Empowerment Centre Timing:   09:00 AM to 02:00 PM


APWA has organized various short courses in the last 2 years for the students and girls who wish to utilize their time during summer holidays. Skilled and competent teachers give lectures on arts and crafts, fabric painting and embroidery courses. Students are also trained in stitching and tailoring skills.