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National Conference

National Conference of AIFWL held at Chennai on 6,7&8th January 2012

The Tamil Nadu Federation of Women Lawyers was happy to host the National Conference of the All India Federation at Chennai. A 55 member team of the Conference Organising Committee conducted the Conference in a grand manner.

The Theme of the Conference was Empowerment of Women and the keynote address was given by Hon’ble Mrs. Ranjana P. Desai, Judge, Supreme Court. Hon’ble Mr. P. Sathasivam, Judge, Supreme Court as he was then, presently the Chief Justice of India inaugurated the conference .Hon’ble Mr. D. Murugesan, Judge, Madras High Court released the Souvenir and the first designated Senior Advocate of Madras High Court, Mrs. Nalini Chidambaram received the same. Hon’ble Mrs. Jayanthi Natarajan, Minister of State, Ministry of Environment and Forest and Mr. C. Ve. Shanmugham, Minister for School Education, Sports and Youth Welfare, Law, Courts and Prisons, Government of Tamil Nadu.

In recognition of the service of Tamil Nadu Federation of Women Lawyers, the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. Ms. J. Jayalalitha had announced a sum of Rs 20, 00,000/-for the conduct of the conference. Hon’ble M.Yusuf Iqbal, Chief Justice of Madras, High Court addressed the gathering. Mr. P. Navaneetha Krishnan ,Advocate General of TamilNadu, Mrs. Sheela Anish, President, FIDA, Mr.P.H.Parekh, President, Supreme Bar Association also greeted the Conference.

’Stree Vakil Puraskar’ awards to honour outstanding Women lawyers was presented to Hon’ble Mrs. Justice Usha Sugumaran, Former Chief Justice ,Kerala High Court, Mrs. Sheela Anish, President, FIDA.

Seminars of the National Conference at Chennai.

Seminar on Wombs on hire:Challenges to the Legal System

Ms.Preethi Shah, Vice-President, AIFWL was the Chair Person of the seminar.

Ms.Ranjani Kumari ,Director ,Centre for Social Research, New Delhi and Dr.Ashmitha Vaidya, Ph.D, Principal, M.B.T.College,Nasik submitted their papers as panellists. Mrs.Y.Kavitha, Advocate, Chennai moderated the session.

Seminar on HONOUR KILLINGS-Inter Caste Marriages, Dowry, Domestic Violence-When Protectors Turn Tormentors, How Does The Legal System React?

Dr.Amee Yajnik, Vice-President, AIFWL was the Chair Person of the seminar.

Hon’ble Mrs.Justice Prabha Sridevan and Senior Advocate Mr.R.Venkatramani from Supreme Court of India submitted their papers as panellists. Mrs.Rita Chandrasekar, Advocate, Chennai moderated the session.

Seminar on Women Lawyers on the March.

Ms. Prabha Menon, Treasurer, AIFWL was the Chair Person of the seminar.

Mrs. Dorothy Thomas, Partner, Kochhar Law Firm, Chennai and Mrs. Elizabeth Seshadri , Partner, Iyer and Thomas , Chennai submitted their papers as panellists. Mrs. Dhakshayani Venkatesh, Advocate, Chennai moderated the session.

Seminar on Protecting The Child in Family Disputes.

Ms.Subbulakshmi Raikar, Treasurer, AIFWL was the Chair Person of the seminar.

Hon’ble Mrs.Justice Chitra Venkatraman and Hon’ble Mrs.Justice R.Vimala submitted their papers as panellists. Mrs.B.S.Ajeetha, Advocate, Chennai moderated the session.

Seminar on Security and Welfare of Physically and Mentally Challenged

Ms.V.P.Seemandini, Former President, AIFWL was the Chair Person of the seminar.

Mr. Rahul Cherian, Inclusive Planet, Activist, Chennai, Ms. Bhargavi, Bapu Trust, Naajmi and Dr.Shalini, Psychiatrist submitted their papers as panellists. Mrs. T. Jayanthi Ranee, Vice-President, TNFWL, moderated the session.

Valedictory Session

Hon’ble Mr. D. Jayakumar, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Tamil Nadu was the Chief Guest participated in the in the Valedictory function. For the first time ‘Social Activism Award ’was presented to Dr. V. Shantha, Chairman, Adyar Cancer Institute, Chennai. Ms. Ruth Manorama, President, National Alliance of Women and Ms. Vanitha Mohan, Managing Trustee, Siru Thuli.

The National Conference was organized by this team.

The Role of TNFWL in National Conferences of AIFWL

The Tamil Nadu Federation of Women Lawyers is a vibrant Organisation and that reflected in all the National Conferences. Tamil Nadu Federation of Women Lawyers received awards for the largest delegation both in 2009 and 2010.We received Early Bird Awards in Cochin and Hyderabad Conference. Our President Mrs. K. Santhakumari was elected as the Secretary of All India Federation of Women Lawyers for two consecutive terms.

Mrs. K. Santhakumari was elected as the President of All India Federation of Women Lawyers in 2011. A three member delegations(The President Mrs.K.Santhakumari, Joint Secretary Mrs.E.Sumathy, and Mrs.K.Kavitha) from Chennai attended the 34th convention of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) which was held at Nigeria. Mrs. K. Santhakumari was one of the panelists in the session which discussed on Gender Equality, Human Rights and Empowerment of women. She spoke on ‘How the Progressive Legislations in India had paved way for Empowerment of Women’.