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The All India Federation of Women Lawyers, being a national level organization, is affiliated to FIDA (Federation Internationale De Abegados – International Federation of Democratic Women Lawyers).
The All India Federation of Women Lawyers conducted its last national conference at Cochin, Kerala in the month of December 2009. The All India Federation of Women Lawyers held preparatory executive meetings prior to the national conference. At that stage, in terms of the bye-laws of the said All India Federation of Women Lawyers, a decision was taken that State level federations of women lawyers should be formed all over India. A directive was issued to this effect by the All India Federation of Women Lawyers.
Accordingly, along with other states, the members of the federation in the State of Tamil Nadu formed and registered as a society i.e.- Tamil Nadu Federation of Women Lawyers (Registration No.505 of 2009). It is significant that the women lawyers from the state of Tamil Nadu who are members of the federation attended the Cochin conference in large numbers and they also received the award for maximum participation from a single state. At that point of time, the delegates for the National Conference went from the districts of Chennai, Chengalpattu, Kanchipuram, Thiruvallur, Dharmapuri, Krishnagiri, Salem, Namakkal, Coimbatore, Trichy, Perambalur, Madurai, Thirunelveli and Kanyakumari.
The National Conference was held on a grand scale and it marked a milestone in the women lawyers’ movement. Inspired and motivated by the success, the organizers of Tamil Nadu Federation of Women Lawyers started active enrolment of members throughout the state of Tamil Nadu. A large number of women lawyers from all the districts from all over Tamil Nadu have enrolled as members of the Tami Nadu Federation. Even the law students become members in terms of the bye-laws of the Tamil Nadu Federation of Women Lawyers. As on date, there are more than 100 life members and 1500 annual members from all over Tamil Nadu. The three major Women Lawyers Associations, namely, Madurai Women Advocates Association, Coimbatore Women Advocates Association and Trichy Women Advocates Association have affiliated themselves with the Federation. Women Lawyers from Chennai, Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram, Thiruvallur, Salem, Namakkal, Dharmapuri, Krishnagiri, Karur, Pudhukottai, Tanjore, Erode, Thirunelveli, Kanyakumari have joined the Federation in large numbers.
The Tamil Nadu Federation of Women Lawyers has been formed with high aims and objectives. Its objectives are to uphold and safeguard the Constitutional Rights of citizens and work for the preservation of the rule of law; to uphold the independence of judiciary and to ensure greater efficiency in the administration of justice, to promote the rights and to support, protect and uphold the status, interest, prestige and dignity of women lawyers and to secure for them just rights, privileges and status; to promote studies in the science of jurisprudence and diffusion of knowledge of the laws relating to women and children and to uphold the highest traditions of the legal profession and to promote legal education. These are a few among the aims and objects of the organization.
The Tamil Nadu Federation of Women Lawyers is a state level central organization of the district federations of women lawyers. It is not another parallel association or organization of women lawyers at Chennai. One of the aims and objectives as listed in the bye laws of the Tamil Nadu Federation is to cooperate with various Bar Associations and Women Lawyers Associations in the State in order to create better relations among the legal fraternity by working in harmony with them.
The Federation has plans to conduct seminars, symposiums in law pertaining to women in general and women lawyers in particular. The Federation at periodical intervals reviews the laws pertaining to women and work for bringing gender Just Laws.