THE ALL PAKISTAN WOMEN ASSOCIATION (APWA), a non-profit and non political welfare organization was established in Feb 1949 by Begum Ra’ana Liaquat Ali Khan the wife of Pakistan’s first Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan. She pioneered the first women’s movement in Pakistan. APWA is the country’s oldest N.G.O and the largest organization, of voluntary women workers.
APWA developed from emergency relief work during the refugee crises at the partition of India and Pakistan. It served as a catalyst for volunteerism for the N.G.O movement in Pakistan. APWA has always raised social and economic issues, gender injustices and discrimination, inadequate participation of women in national and decision making position. APWA emerged as an organization committed to the furtherance of the general economic welfare of the women and children of Pakistan and set up multi project centers, throughout Pakistan with schools, mother and child health centers, maternity homes, family planning services, orphanage, craft centers, industrial homes, income generation project in urban and rural areas in all the Provinces of Pakistan. APWA also established public private partnership under the official umbrella of the government of Pakistan which has consultative status and also internationally. It also works closely with the U.N and other international affiliates.
They are all related to education, health and womens empowerment which is APWA’s core philosophy.