Begum Ra’ana Liaquat Ali Khan, wife of Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan (1947-51) and one of Pakistan’s Founding Fathers, formed the All Pakistan Women’s Association (APWA) at the Prime Minister’s residence at 10 Victoria Road, Karachi, Pakistan on 22nd February 1949.
Passion for Humaitarian Causes
Begum Ra’ana Liaquat Ali’s passion for humanitarian causes and pioneering work in the field of women’s rights has provided us with a blueprint from which we can work together in order to achieve a more progressive and united community of Pakistanis worldwide.
Created to Help the Refugee Crisis
At the time of it’s formation APWA’s goal was to mobilise Pakistani women to deal with a refugee crisis after the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947. APWA came to prominence as a women’s social welfare organisation and was represented in every District of every Province of Pakistan and at all the embassies which were headed by the wives of the District Commissioners, High Commissioners and Ambassadors all over the world. This tradition continues today.