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In Singapore, Dr Tan was one of the key persons who made representations to the Select Committee, on behalf of the Singapore Council of Womenís Organizations and the Council of the Law Society, on the amendments to the Womenís Charter in 1996. The Charter is Singaporeís primary family law statute and its own unique legislation to protect the rights of women, especially in marriage and family matters. Dr Tan worked for the establishment of a Family Court, which has since been set up in Singapore, to help, among other things, dysfunctional families and victims of abuse, who are usually women, to access and obtain legal protection. In 1980, Dr Tan played an influential role in galvanising the leading womenís associations in Singapore into a unified body under the umbrella of the SCWO. The 100,000-member strong Council has since worked on many womenís projects and causes including developing a shelter for victims of domestic violence.

Dr Tanís contributions to public service have been highly commended both by the Singapore Government and private sector. She was awarded a National Medal for Community Work in 1993 (for helping the poor, the underprivileged, and women) and a National Medal for Public Service Star in 1998. She was also conferred the SCWO Award 2002 for her contributions to the women groups in Singapore and the Leader Mentor Award in 2003 by Research Communication International (a private organisation) for her contribution in grooming leaders in the community. Throughout her career, Dr Tan has combined her significant achievements in the womenís movement with a successful family and matrimonial law practice in Singapore. Dr Tan is happily married with two children.

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