Women of Inspiration

Past Presidents / Founding Members


farideh namazie

Inaugural President of SAWL

Ms. Farideh’s sojourn in the US (where she completed a Masters’ degree in law) made her realise that it was essential for women to be united and organised if we wanted to take an equal place with men in society. She gathered sixteen other women lawyers and law graduates to form a Protem Committee; worked out the Constitution and SAWL was registered on 22 May 1974.

...the real work of SAWL has not even begun. the foundation laid down has yet to be built upon
— farideh namazie, at SAWL's 10th Anniversary dinner, 12 May 1984

dr. anamah tan

Past President

Dr. Tan was also one of the sixteen women lawyers that paved the foundations for SAWL.

Quek Bee See

Past President