(Registered under Societies Act of XX1 of 1860)

Women's indian association

A "Heritage” Welfare Organization Of Women, By Women and For Women

Vision & Mission

Vision: Empowerment of women, children and marginalised section of society. Work for National integration, peace and harmony.

Mission: Strive to achieve our aims through education, skill training , livelihood program and awareness.

About Us

Women’s Indian Association, a heritage welfare organization of the women by the women for the women. It was formed on 8th May 1917 at Adyar, Chennai. It is the first Women’s Association, which brought all Indian women together for mutual assistance. The main aim of the organization was to obtain women’s franchise to represent in the local state and central legislatures and achieved it in the year 1930. It did not rest until its demand was fulfilled. Politically the organization has been active from the beginning when they sent a delegation to meet with Secretary of State Montague in 1917 to request the franchise for women

our Architects

Following the footsteps of the pioneers, the association is carrying out the activities for the Welfare of women and children, especially from the weaker sections of the society. To promote women’s literacy and educate women on current issues. To work for social reforms and social legislations. To organize women for the service of the society. To strive for gender equality by ensuring equal rights and opportunities. To set and demand a high moral standard in all spheres of life. To work for national integration and for world peace


Our symbol represent the ideal influence of woman, which it is object of our Association to make an actuality in every detail of daily life in every part of India. The work has begun in the Madras Presidency (the place of the women’s feet), but its life – force springs from religion (her heart is in the region of Benares) and its intellect must be as clear and cool as the Himalayan regions into which rises her head.
Serene and self-reliant must stand each member, with hands outstretched to sisters and brothers both in the East and West, to give them from her active right hand Beauty and Prosperity represented by the lotus, the flower that bears within itself male and female qualities equally, and from the lamp in her left hand to extend the steady flame of inspiration which will light the fire of the united life of man and women, the fire of devotion to our Sacred Religion and of love for humanity, the fire of Patriotism, the fire of zeal for reform.
Thus she represents Religion, Knowledge, Organisation, Service, Beauty, Prosperity, Inspiration and Co-operation all offered freely to mother India by each of her daughters.


Any women who is a citizen of India and above 18 years, who accepts the aims, objectives and policies of WIA, is eligible to be a member of any registered constituent branch of WIA on payment of the subscription in accordance with the rules and regulations of the branch. Membership is restricted through the branch. Likewise, any registered Organization with similar principles can be affiliated with WIA. Today WIA is a federation of about 44 branches and affiliated to AIWC, New Delhi and it is the main branch of AIWC at Tamilnadu.

Current activities

Computer training

Nursing training

Nutrition powder


Our Achievements


Total literacy


Post literacy


Non formal education


Condensed course of education


Non formal education & Craft center


India population project


AIDS intervention project


Computer literacy program for women

Madras institute of development studies adjudged WIA's effort as the best among those who received financial assistance for Total Literacy Programme

News Stand


Centenary Celebration

100 years of journey towards greatness

Srti dharma-wrapper1

Stri Dharma- An Official publication of WIA from 1918-1936

Women of India played a pivotal role in the Indian Nationalist Movement. Dr.Annie Besant, also known as "the guardian angel and warrior of India", - a super woman", as quoted by Margaret Elizabeth cousins, was the 1st Editor of Stri Dharma, the official publication of WIA, in 1918

Contact us

Address: No.177, Old No. 43), New, Greenways Rd, Raja Annamalai Puram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600028

Phone: 044 2493 8907