In the 1970 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.

Some women who recalled the trauma of the 1965 conflict deliberated with others, including Chairperson Dr V.Mohini Giri, Padma Bhushan, on the impact 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 came then became a registered NGO under the Socities Registration Act vide Registration No. 5230-1971-72. The following mission became its mandate:

To ensure for widows of war and armed conflict, their human rights to live a respectful life even after their loved ones are no more.

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.

WWA works for the welfare of the war affected families. We guide and advise family members to become economically independent. We generally do all such things as may be incidental or conducive to the attainment of the above objective.

Indira Gandhi
Indira Gandhi allots space for "Shaheed Bhawan"
Dr. Giri meets Gursharan Kaur
Dr Giri (Chairperson) meets Gursharan Kaur (PM's wife)