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Conference Patron

President Halimah Yacob, President of the Republic of Singapore

Mdm Halimah Yacob served in the National Trades Union Congress for 33 years. She held various positions, as Deputy Secretary General; Director of departments including Legal Services, Women’s Development and Labour Studies; and Executive Secretary of the United Workers of Electronic and Electrical Industries. She was on various national committees including the Economic Review Committee.

She was Singapore’s representative in the International Labour Organisation for 12 years and the first Singaporean to be elected into the ILO. She represented workers in many ILO committees.

In 2001, Elected as a Member of Parliament for the Jurong Group Representation Constituency. Her final and fourth term as an MP was in the Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC.

In 2011, Appointed Minister of State for Community Development and Sports. She introduced various programmes for seniors and enhanced services for the disabled. She also laid the foundation for the Social Services Offices.

In 2013, Elected as Speaker of Parliament, the first woman to hold the position.

With her passion for social causes, Mdm Halimah is patron to more than 40 charitable and community organisations. She also championed women’s issues and was awarded Woman of the Year by Her World Magazine (2003) and AWARE Heroine Award (2011). She was inducted into the Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame (2014) and conferred the Berita Harian Achiever of the Year (2001).

Mdm Halimah obtained her law degree and Masters in Law from the National University of Singapore. In 2016, she was conferred the Doctor of Law by the NUS.

About the Conference

Welcome to the 8th Family Law & Children’s Rights Conference: World Congress 2021 Through the Eyes of a Child, to be held virtually from 12-16 July 2021, organised by the World Congress on Family Law and Children’s Rights and supported by LAWASIA, The Law Association for Asia and the Pacific.

The conference is a major international event focusing on family law and family law processes and the rights of children and youth. It is a platform for the convergence of lawyers, judges, academics, government, non-government associations, psychologists, medical professionals and social scientists with a common interest in the active protection of children and in sharing best practices to promote the rights of children and family law issues.

The conference will take place online over the five days of our proposed Singapore conference from 12 July through to 16 July 2021. Due to the need to hold a virtual conference, the number of sessions we are able to provide has been significantly reduced and we regret that we will be unable to accommodate all speakers whose papers have been previously accepted. The conference will consist of 4-5 sessions per day. Because of international time zones, the sessions will be pre-recorded but as much as possible, we will endeavour to add on live Q&A sessions.

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