WIA UK was founded in 1960 by Her Excellency Vijaya Laxmi Pandit, sister of India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. It was conceptualised at the home of the Indian High Commissioner, at Kensington Palace Gardens, London. Since inception, it has been a tradition of the spouse of the High Commissioner of India to be Patron of the WIA.
At that time, the main objectives of the WIA, were to strengthen ties between Britain and India and to provide a social and community service to Indians in Britain. Young students coming to the UK were provided with support and links to British and local Indian families by the WIA.
In July, 1981 the WIA was registered as a Charity, raising funds for projects that reflect the ethos of empowering women and children and is in the 57th year of continued service to the community. In addition, the WIA has taken on a holistic approach to support the homeless and disadvantaged.
The WIA currently supports 9 projects in India and 4 in the UK. With a membership of over 500 ladies in London, the WIA continues its commitment to empowering women and children through education, rehabilitation, life skills and social welfare.