Nine decades of growth at AIWEFA:
Steeped in the annals of India’s history, the All India Women’s Education Fund Association (AIWEFA) celebrates 90 years in women’s education and community development. In the first five decades AIWEFA set up and closely managed the Lady Irwin College; in the next two decades the Executive Committee set up the Lady Irwin College Society to govern the college, transferred 16.5 acres of land to the Society and affiliated the college to the University of Delhi; in the last two decades, AIWEFA, consequent to the 73rd. and 74th. Amendments, conducted trainings in leadership roles for rural women’s political participation and provided legal awareness in 19 villages; adopted rural communities for holistic development held programmes and trainings in accordance with the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); set up computer classes in Municipal schools and Gender Resource Centre in the slums.
In response to the changing demographics, AIWEFA has embraced the energy of the youth to provide training and opportunities in emerging livelihoods like safe car driving, self defence, insurance advisory services; with the UN, explored means for the transition of women from education to full employment; created awareness and training for school and college students in cyber security measures, prevention of drug abuse and combining the energy of the youth with the wisdom of the seniors by conducting intergenerational bonding workshops.
With an office in the campus of the college and housed in the cottage named after the first Lady Irwin College Director, Hannah Sen, AIWEFA has spread its networking presence from Delhi to pan India, the region and the global south. With Consultative status with the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and Observer Status with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), AIWEFA regularly holds participation events at the sessions of the UN’s Commission on Status of Women. at UN headquarters, New York.
The AIWEFA Executive Committee comprises of dedicated professionals volunteering selflessly with a skeletal staff and AIWEFA’s programmes have been helped by UN agencies, bi lateral agencies, Government Ministries, Public Sector Undertakings, CII and multinational organisations.
Recognising the magnitude of our youthful population, the emergence of women and the significance of home structures, and responding to the needs of our times, AIWEFA, in its 90th year seeks to further strengthen its tryst with the youth and their role in nation building. Beginning with the volcano of talent and youthful energies, available at the Lady Irwin College, AIWEFA has planned programmes that are in consonance with the College departments and welfare of the youth. Combining academic strength with successful implementation strategies, AIWEFA brings together the expertise of professionals for programmes that include:
Training Programmes with students to produce Master Trainers
Seminal studies in Food and Nutrition
Textile fashion shows and advancement of grassroots clusters
Debates—intra and inter college
Video clips preparation on Founders, Directors, AIWEFA office bearers