As a dedicated activist, Dr Tan strives to improve not only the lives of women, but also to help the poor and disadvantaged communities. In Singapore, Dr Tan was one of the key persons responsible for the establishment of the Family Court in 1996 to help, among other cases, dysfunctional families and victims of abuse to access and obtain legal protection. From 2000 to 2002, she served as the Singapore representative for the APEC Advisory Committee on Gender Integration and since 1992, has served in various capacities in the ACWO.
In recognition of her contributions to the public sector, Dr Tan has received several awards including the Singapore National Medal for Community Work in 1993 for helping women and the underprivileged, a Singapore National Public Service Star for community work in 1998, and the Singapore Council of Women's Organisations Award 2002 for her contributions to improvement of women's status in Singapore.
The adopted daughter to parents of Ceylonese heritage, Dr Tan is happily married to a retired civil servant, has two children, and is the proud grandmother of two lovely girls aged six and four.
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