V. Mohini Giri
Giri (right) receiving Padma Bhushan from President Kalam in 2007
Born(1938-01-15)15 January 1938[1]
Died19 December 2023(2023-12-19) (aged 85)
Occupation(s)Social worker, activist
founder Guild of Service (1979)

V. Mohini Giri (15 January 1938[2] – 19 December 2023)[3] was an Indian community service worker and activist, who was Chairperson of the Guild of Service, a New Delhi-based social service organisation. Established in 1979, it provides advocacy for women's and children's rights for education, employment, and financial security.[4][5] She founded War Widows Association, New Delhi in 1972, and was Chairperson of the National Commission for Women (1995–1998).[6]

In 2007, she was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civilian honour, given by Government of India.[7]

Early life and background

Born in Lucknow to scholar V. S. Ram, she graduated from Lucknow University,[8] followed by post graduation in Ancient Indian history from University of Delhi, and a doctorate from G.B. Pant University.[9]

Giri was 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.[8] Giri was the Founder President of the War Widows Association which was formed in 1972 after the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971[10] and in 2000 became the Founder Trustee of the Women's Initiative for Peace in South Asia.[9]

Giri was also a board member of The Hunger Project, a New York-based international charity.[11]


Giri died on 19 December 2023, at the age of 85.[12]



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  2. ^ "V. Mohini Giri". Women in Peace. Retrieved 20 December 2023.
  3. ^ Padma Bhushan awardee Mohini Giri passes away
  4. ^ Pisharoty, Sangeeta Barooah (27 August 2013). "Silver years defined". The Hindu. Retrieved 11 February 2014.
  5. ^ "Interview with Dr. Mohini Giri". aarpinternational.org. 1 September 2010. Archived from the original on 3 October 2013. Retrieved 12 February 2014.
  6. ^ "Chairpersons of the Commission". NCW Official website. Retrieved 11 February 2014.
  7. ^ "Padma Awards Directory (1954–2009)" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 May 2013. Retrieved 23 March 2013.
  8. ^ a b "Illustrious alumni recall glorious days at Lucknow University". The Times of India. 26 November 2013. Archived from the original on 12 February 2014. Retrieved 12 February 2014.
  9. ^ a b "Dr. V. Mohini Giri profile". The Hunger Project. Archived from the original on 18 February 2014. Retrieved 11 February 2014.
  10. ^ "History". War Widows Association, New Delhi, India. Retrieved 11 February 2014.
  11. ^ "Global Board of Directors and Officers". The Hunger Project. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 11 February 2014.
  12. ^ "Padma Bhushan awardee Mohini Giri passes away". The Hindu. 20 December 2023. Retrieved 20 December 2023.