With support from many women lawyers of different States in India, the Federation began its service activities. AIFWL jointly, with the National Legal Services Authority (i.e. “NALSA”) took up the cause of the girl child. In order to create awareness about the value of the girl child and the need to protect her needs and rights, AIFWL organized a Seminar on the ‘Girl Child’ at Chennai on 16th March 2008. The program was well attended, well received and extensively covered in the press and electronic media.

Responding to the plight of Women Workers in the night shifts, especially in Call Centers, Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) and Information Technology Enabled Services (ITES), in the light of atrocities committed on them as highlighted by the press, AIFWL organized a seminar on "NIGHT SHIFT WOMEN WORKERS" in co-ordination with the National Women Commission at Bangalore on 16th September 2008. While there was vociferous participation from Women Activists, the Seminar brought some insights into the plight of working women, who are being harassed and exploited, at workplace. Many action-points were shared by the Speakers and Delegates with the Law makers and upholders of Law and the proceedings of the Seminar were sent to the Law Commission.

In the meantime, AIFWL encouraged formation of State Units and started having presence in several states of India. These Units in their respective States give programs as per the objects of the organization. Many programs are a joint effort with the Legal Services Authority and State Human Rights Commission. In November 2008, 20 women lawyers of AIFWL participated in the International Women Lawyers' Conference held in Milano, Italy and this was noticed by the Global Women Lawyers' Fraternity. FIDA, (International Federation of Women Lawyers), chose Advocate Sheela Anish, Founder President of AIFWL to be Executive Vice President of FIDA. She became the First Indian Woman Lawyer to be on the Board of FIDA.

AIFWL has thereafter organized National Conferences at Cochin in December 2009 under the Presidency of Advocate Mrs. V. P. Seemandini, in Hyderabad in January 2011 under the Presidency of Advocate Mrs. M. Bhaskara Lakshmi, in Chennai in January 2012 under the Presidency of Advocate Mrs. K. Santhakumari and in Mumbai in December 2013 under the Presidency of Advocate Mrs. Indrayani Patani. AIFWL also supported the organization of International Conference held at Bangalore in November 2014 for FIDA under the leadership of its then President, Advocate Mrs. Sheela Anish with enormous participation from its members.

AIFWL presently has nine State Units and direct members from six other States / Union Territories. Each State Unit is affiliated to the AIFWL and carries out numerous Regional Conferences / Seminars and activities, which includes legal awareness at grassroot level and women empowerment programs for the welfare of women, both independently and also with assistance / guidance from the parent body.

It is AIFWL's endeavor to be a true representative of the aspirations and challenges faced by Indian Women Lawyers. As an affiliate of FIDA, AIFWL would like to further and promote Indian Women Lawyers on a Global Platform, the motto being “Think Global Act Local”.

The Federation continues to organize and actively participate in Conferences and Seminars touching the lives of and addressing need based issues pertaining to Women, especially Indian Women in general and Indian Women Lawyers in particular.


  1. To uphold The Constitution of India and work for the preservation of the Rule of Law.
  2. To uphold the independence of judiciary and to ensure greater efficiency in the administration of justice.
  3. To promote the rights and welfare of women and children particularly through legislation and help them in the exercise of their rights.
  4. To support, protect and uphold the status, interest, prestige, rights and privileges and dignity of women lawyers.
  5. To promote studies in the science of jurisprudence and of comparative laws.
  6. To further the dissemination of knowledge of various countries and in particular laws relating to women and children.
  7. To study and express opinion upon all central and state legislations and in particular, those concerning or affecting the rights, privileges and interest of women and children.
  8. To strive to make access to justice less expensive.
  9. To uphold the highest traditions of the legal profession and to promote legal education by conducting legal literacy classes in rural areas.
  10. To recommend legislation and actions that are beneficial to the society.
  11. To promote the formation of state units of the Federation in different parts of India.
  12. To co-operate with the Bar association in India and abroad in order to create better relation amongst the legal fraternity.
  13. To co-operate and or affiliate with international organization with similar aims and objectives.
  14. To undertake such work as may be decided upon by the Federation from time to time.



FIDA’s role has been to :-

  • Promote the aims and principles of the United Nations
  • Organize women lawyers nationally, regionally and internationally
  • Advance the opportunities available to the women in civic life, politic, education, industry, business and the professions particularly the legal profession
  • Establish friendly and international relations
  • Promote the study of comparative law
  • Champion the rights of women and children
  • Promote the socio-economic well being of women and children.

FIDA is involved in the promotion, protection and preservation of the rights of women and children.

These include their civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights. FIDA does this by creating and rising legal awareness of the rights as provided in the national laws as well as the international standards of equality, advocacy and lobbying through FIDA’s conferences and workshops. Also through networking with other non-governmental organizations and co-operating with governmental organizations as the need arises.


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