V. Mohini Giri

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V. Mohini Giri
Born 1938 (age 78–79) [1]
Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
Nationality Indian
Occupation social worker, activist
founder Guild of Service (1979)

Dr. V. Mohini Giri (born 1938) is an Indian Community service worker and activist, who has been Chairperson of the Guild of Service, a New Delhi-based social service organization. Established in 1979, it provides advocacy for women's and children rights for education, employment, and financial security.[2][3] She founded War Widows Association, New Delhi in 1972. She has also remained Chairperson of the National Commission for Women (1995-1998).[4]

In 2007, she was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civilian honour, given by Government of India.[5]

Early life and background[edit]

Born in Lucknow to scholar Dr. V. S Ram, she graduated from Lucknow University,[6] followed by post graduation in Ancient Indian history from University of Delhi, and a doctorate from G.B. Pant University.[7]

Giri is the daughter-in-law of V. V. Giri, former President of India.[1]


Giri started her career as an academic and established the women's studies department at Lucknow University.[6] Giri has been the Founder President of the War Widows Association which was formed in 1972 after the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 [8] and in 2000 became the Founder Trustee of the Women’s Initiative for Peace in South Asia.[7]

She is also a board member of The Hunger Project, a New York-based international charity.[9]



  1. ^ a b "V. Mohini Giri Profile". Guild for Service. Retrieved 2014-02-11. 
  2. ^ "Silver years defined". The Hindu. 27 August 2013. Retrieved 2014-02-11. 
  3. ^ "Interview with Dr. Mohini Giri". aarpinternational.org. 1 September 2010. Retrieved 2014-02-12. 
  4. ^ "Chairpersons of the Commission". NCW Official website. Retrieved 2014-02-11. 
  5. ^ "Padma Awards Directory (1954–2009)" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs. 
  6. ^ a b "Illustrious alumni recall glorious days at Lucknow University". The Times of India. 26 November 2013. Retrieved 2014-02-12. 
  7. ^ a b "Dr. V. Mohini Giri profile". The Hunger Project. Retrieved 2014-02-11. 
  8. ^ "History". War Widows Association, New Delhi, India. Retrieved 2014-02-11. 
  9. ^ "Global Board of Directors and Officers". The Hunger Project. Retrieved 11 February 2014.