TAMILNADU FEDERATION OF WOMEN LAWYERS FOUNDED
In 2009, Tamil Nadu Federation of Women Lawyers registered itself as an organisation under the Societies Registration Act and a Bye-law for the Organisation was formulated. The registration number of the Tamil Nadu Federation of Women Lawyers is 505 of 2009.Mrs.K.Santhakumari became the Founder President of the Organisation. The Organisation which was formed with just 7 members has spread its roots to nearly 21 Districts such as Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram, Thiruvallur, Coimbatore, Trichy, Salem, Madurai, Theni ,Karur, Tiruppur, Erode, Dindukkal, Nilgris, Namakkal, Tirunelveli, Cuddalore, Dharmapuri, Kanyakumari, Pudukottai and Krishnagiri. The Women Lawyer Association of Madurai, Trichy and Coimbatore affiliated themselves with the federation. In other Districts the women lawyers joined together and affiliated themselves with the Federation by paying the affiliation fees. As on date, we have 200 Life members 500 Annual Members, 3 Women Lawyer Associations and 550 members from various Districts. It is not the number that matters but the pro-active work done by the Organisation for the cause of women matters.
The Federation has been invited by the Madras High Court to attend important functions, meetings and discussions. The Federation has given lot of inputs in the matter of Security of Madras High Court. Written Representations were given to the security issue and to abolish Holiday Family Courts.
The Tamil Nadu Federation of Women Lawyers is affiliated to All India Federation of Women Lawyers which is in turn affiliated to International Federation of Democratic Women Lawyers (FIDA).Three Delegates from TNFWL participated in the International Conference of Women Lawyers held at Nigeria in the year 2011.TNFWL President who was the President of AIFWL then presented a paper on The role of Legislature in empowering women.
TNFWL has a Students wing in Dr.Ambedkar Government Law College and number of students actively participated in all the activities of the federation.
The Tamil Nadu Federation was inaugurated by the golden hands of Hon’ble Mr. Justice P. Sathasivam, Hon’ble Chief Justice of India, on 23.08.2010 by opening a plaque in the High Court premises. Women lawyers from 21 Districts all over Tamil Nadu gathered in large numbers.
The Legal Awareness Camp as continuing education programme was initiated by Honble Mr. Justice Ibrahim Kalifullah, Judge, Madras High Court (present Judge, Supreme Court).The Principal of Queen Marys College for women Mrs.Ambujam received the programme chart.
The Tamil Nadu Federation website – www.tnfwl.com was launched by Hon’ble Mr. Justice M. Yusuf Iqbal . Hon’ble Mr. Justice D. Murugesan, Judge, Madras High Court addressed the gathering.
Hon’ble Mrs. Justice Aruna Jagadeesan, Judge, Madras High Court, issued identity cards to the Life members of the Tamil Nadu Federation of Women Lawyers. Mrs. Sheela Anish, Regional Director, International Federation of Women Lawyers and Mrs. V. P. Seemandhini, All India Federation of Women Lawyers, President addressed the gathering.