All Pakistan Women’s Association

The All Pakistan Women’s Association , or APWA , Urdu : آل پاکستان ویمنز ایسوسی ایشن as it is commonly known, is a voluntary, non-profit and non-political Pakistani organization whose fundamental aim is the promotion of moral, social and economic welfare the women of Pakistan. [1]

It was founded in 1949 by Begum Ra’ana Liaquat Ali Khan , a famous activist for women’s rights, who said that the role of women is no less important than that of men. Initially APWA was formed to handle the refugee crisis in the newly independent Pakistan after the 1947 partition of British India . [2] Zubeida Habib Rahimtoola was also the dedicated member of this association.

APWA has been a very active organization since its founding, with branches in 56 districts across Pakistan, and even in rural and urban areas. [1] It celebrates major events such as the International Women ‘s Day , UN Day and UNICEF Day annually, and is a charity organization which links to donations to fund its work.

APWA received the UNESCO Adult Literacy Prize in 1974 and later the Peace Messenger Certificate in 1987.

After Bangladesh independence in 1971, the organization in that country was renamed Bangladesh Mahila Samiti . [3]

In 2016, at the 68th anniversary of APWA’s founding, an annual dinner at the High Commission of Pakistan, London was held to the APWA founder, Begum Ra’ana Liaquat Ali Khan. A speaker at the event said Begum’s vision motivated Pakistani women to contribute positively to the Pakistani society. [2]


APWA enjoys consultative status with the Government of Pakistan, and is internationally affiliated with many organizations, such as the General Federation of Women’s Clubs , the International Alliance of Women , and PPSEAWA . On a national level, APWA is associated with:

  • Ra’ana Craftman Colony
  • APWA Cottage Industries
  • Gul-e-Ra’ana Community Center
  • Gul-e-Ra’ana Nusrat Industrial Home
  • Women’s International Art Club
  • General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC)


APWA offers programs in:

  • Mother and child health services [1]
  • Nutrition Programs at healthcare clinics
  • Montessori / Primary Education schools [1]
  • Adult education / Literacy
  • Social Education and Social Work among the needy [1]
  • Population and Family Planning Programs [1]
  • Legal Aid clinics
  • Skill Training and Handicrafts Retail Shops [4]
  • RH Education
  • Teenagers Programs
  • Pharmacies and Dispensaries [1]


  1. ^ Jump up to:g Profile of All Pakistan Women Association (APWA) on website , Retrieved 16 August 2017
  2. ^ Jump up to:b All Pakistan Women’s Association lauded role , Pakistan Observer (newspaper), Published October 25, 2016, Retrieved August 16, 2017
  3. Jump up^ Purkayastha, Nibedita Das (2012). “Bangladesh Mahila Samiti” . In Islam, Sirajul ; Jamal, Ahmed A. Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh .
  4. Jump up^ Karachi: APWA Handicrafts Retail Shop to reopen shortly, Dawn (newspaper), Published 23 January 2004, Retrieved 16 August 2017

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