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SOWL-India was set up in 2010 with a soft launch in September 2010 and formal launch in February 2011 to provide a singular voice to women legal professionals in our country. At SOWL-India we celebrate diversity. We may be working in-house or as practitioners, we may be from small towns or large cities, from celebrated institutions or with decades and quarter centuries of experience - at SOWL-India the one reason why we all come together is that above all, we are women. And some inherent challenges that we face as professionals or the causes we subscribe to in our personal spaces remain uniform irrespective of our backgrounds - and these unite all of us amidst the diversity. SOWL India creates a platform for women legal professionals to come together. And once we come together, we work in areas that affect each of us in different ways.

SOWL-India has, over the past one year constituted 5 committees that are actively seeking membership and participation, to guide its programs in a number of areas.

The committees are:

  1. Probono Committee: Co-Convenors - Shweta Bharti (, Sakie Jakharia ( and Vaishali Deshpande (
  2. CLE & Social Legislation Committee: Co-Convenors - Manju Oberoi (, Abha Malhotra (, Smriti Sharma ( and Sakie Jakharia
  3. Rainmaker Committee: Co-Convenors - Priti Suri (, Abha Malhotra and Vaishali Deshpande
  4. Membership Committee: Co-Convenors - Abha Malhotra and Kripi Kathuria (
  5. Press & Media Committee: Co-Convenors - Shweta Bharti, Abha Malhotra and Priti Suri

If you are an existing member of SOWL-India and would like more information about any of the above committees or would like to join them, please write directly to the Co-Convenors. Do also remember to mark a copy of all your correspondence to

If you are yet to become a member of SOWL-India, you should consider membership if:

  • You would like to play a leadership role in the future of women in the legal profession in India;
  • You would like to benefit from regular training in the essential soft skills needed to succeed such as relationship management, business development, time management, work-life balance;
  • You would like to exchange knowledge and practical guidance with other practitioners on specific issues of law;
  • You are looking for opportunities for and support in doing more pro bono work;
  • You are seeking other like-minded women lawyers to lobby on issues of national importance for women;
  • You need support during a difficult career change or personal upheaval;
  • You are looking for a job within the legal profession.

Benefits of membership include free access to the meetings, events and conferences organised by SOWL-India. Each member gets a voting right at the general body meetings of the Society. Law firm members also have one vote, and additionally, the right to nominate four women lawyers to attend SOWL-India meetings and events.

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