Malathi is a Past President of the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO) and the Zonta Club of Singapore, which promotes the advancement of the legal, political, economic, educational and professional status of women worldwide. Malathi is currently a member of Zonta International’s International Advocacy Committee. One of Zonta International’s flagship projects is Zonta Says No to Violence Against Women.” Launched in 2012, the campaign has raised awareness of the global pandemic of women’s rights violations and has united Zonta clubs worldwide in conducting impactful advocacy actions to fight violence against women and gender inequality.
Between 2011 and 2013, she was both the first woman and first Singaporean President of international law organisation, The Law Association for Asia and the Pacific (LAWASIA) in its 46-year history. She was the first woman awardee of the Law Society of Singapore’s Pro Bono Ambassador Award (2012) for her contributions to pro bono work.
By day, she is a lawyer with Joyce A Tan & Partners LLC, with a special interest in family, gender, elder and child issues.
Dr. Sudha Nair
Dr Sudha Nair is a social worker. Her work on family violence has been groundbreaking, helping to shape public policy. In 1999, she founded PAVE (Promoting Alternatives to Violence), the first family violence specialist centre in Singapore. She is presently Executive Director of PAVE.
She has a deep interest in issues related to the welfare of women and children and is fondly known as the “Jane Addams of Singapore”. In her journey as a social worker, she has had significant positive impact on many social services and public policies. Her experience gives her both the breadth and depth in understanding issues which enable her to tease out the leadership qualities of potential leaders.
Her contributions to the social service sector won her the Outstanding Social Worker Award in 1998.
Dr Nair was appointed as a Member of the Public Service Commission on 9 January 2015. She was also awarded the Her World Woman of The Year in 2016. Since 1991, the award has been given to trail-blazing females who break boundaries in their professions and make outstanding contributions to society. She was conferred the Public Service Medal (PBM) in 2017.