In the 1971 Indo-Pak war, a large number of soldiers laid down their lives for the nation. Many families lost their bread winners, and women and children were in great distress.
Women who recalled the trauma of the 1965 conflict, deliberated with others, including Chairperson Dr V.Mohini Giri, Padma Bhushan, on the impact of war and violence on women and children. As a result of this, the War Widows Association came into being. Some members of the group met with Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, who agreed to allot space and give financial aid for the construction of “Shaheed Bhawan”. The War Widows Association then became a registered NGO under the Societies Registration Act vide Registration No. 5230-1971-72. The following mission became its mandate:
1. To ensure that human rights for widows of war and armed conflict is the governing factor for a respectful life even after their loved ones are no more.
2. This involves a continuous struggle to provide economic and emotional support, guidance and assistance to war widows so that they can be comfortably rehabilitated in society.
3. WWA works for the welfare of the war affected families. They guide and advise family members to become economically independent through skill training, legal and general awareness programs.
4. In the process the WWA also reaches out to other marginalised communities and provides training and awareness to their women and children.
WAR WIDOWS ASSOCIATION, Shaheed Bhawan, 18/1, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, New Delhi 110067, INDIA
We are a registered organization under the Society registration act of 1860 and our number is
5230 of 1971-1972.
Telephone No. 91-11-26965494