The UK APWA, (The UK All Pakistan Women’s Association)

The UK APWA was registered as a Charity with the Charity Commission of England and Wales on the 19th May 2010. It was set up by the then APWA President, Laila Haroon Sarfaraz, with Bashan Rafique, Farida Rafiuddin and Samia Liaquat Ali Khan. By that date over a million British Pakistanis had made the UK their home. The Charity was launched at the House of Lords on the 5th July 2010 under the Patronage of Baroness Shreela Flather at The River Room, the Lord Speaker’s Apartment. The Chief Guest was Baroness Hayman, Speaker of the House of Lords . The charity is run by its Trustees. The wife of the Pakistan High Commissioner in Britain is the ex officio Honorary Patron of The UK APWA. The UK APWA has the registered number 1136005. and is subject to the laws of England and Wales. The Charity Commission is a non-ministerial government department which registers and regulates charities. It is the independent regulator of charities. Registered Charities in the UK have the advantage of being able to claim Gift Aid amounting to a further 25% on certain donations. They are all answerable to The Charity Commission.

The UK APWA aims to:

Aid integration of Pakistani women and families in the UK.

Support projects in Pakistan through APWA National Headquarters, Karachi.

Provide women of Pakistani origin with a platform and knowledge of their rights and status in the UK.

Disseminate information relating to women’s issues globally.

Represent The UK APWA on an International level with greater ease through the UK.

APWA Pakistan has ECOSOC status with the United Nations (Economic and Social Council), it is one of the six main organs of the United Nations established by the UN Charter in 1946. APWA Pakistan has been affiliated with both the International Council of Women ( and The International Alliance of Women ( since the early 1950s. APWA is also affiliated with The ACWW Associated Country Women of the World (
NCW GB ( National Council of Women, Great Britain. The UK APWA has been affiliated with this organization since 2011.We are also affiliated to the Commonwealth Countries League and The Women's Council.
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.

Objectives of APWA

The main objective of APWA at the time of it’s formation 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 organization 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.

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