Advancing Access to Justice For Women

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Through its work, FIDA (U) works for increasing access to legal justice as one of its core approaches to promoting and acheiving gender equality. With over 40 years of experience in this area, FIDA (U) has been a forerunner in providing legal services to women, men and children who are poor, marginalized or disadvantaged.

Access to Justice is one of the core objectives of FIDA–Uganda’s strategic plan 2016 2021, access to justice in this regard means access to quality and affordable legal services as a means to achieve human rights, gender equality and sustainable development. Several factors however affect access to justice for the vulnerable and impoverished women and children in Uganda including poverty, high levels of illiteracy, corruption within justice institutions, gender related barriers and weak enforcement of existing laws due to limited capacity of staff and resources.

FIDA established nine new legal aid centres in the last strategy period, bringing the total of centres to 13 by end of 2014. FIDA (U) has handled thousands of cases in the same period – 2009-2014.
FIDA (U) has also been at the forefront in advocating for legal and practice reforms in order to strengthen the legal protection frameworks and improve in the administration of justice generally and specifically to benefit women. It is a fact that where justice systems and laws implementation work well, they can provide an essential mechanism for women to realize their human rights.
However, what is also clear in Uganda and other parts of the world is that justice systems very often do not necessarily work well for women and in so doing end up reinforcing inequality.

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Keren Naava
Keren NaavaThursday, July 6th, 2017 at 2:51am
FIDA UGANDA HOW CAN I BE HELPT IN MY ISSUES OF MY FATHER'S CHILD WHO REFUSED TO GIVE US ANY COIN OF ALL NEEDS?
Masanso Isaac
Masanso IsaacWednesday, June 28th, 2017 at 8:56pm
helo fida uganda am masanso isaac from jinja uganda . i have my sister this way in mafubira but the man who made her leave school is now chasing her away with 8 children .he beats her every day with out areason and she is full of wounds every where .i need your help please . i need your phone number please
Peter Picks Wicky's
Peter Picks Wicky'sSaturday, June 24th, 2017 at 8:59pm
TEARS OF THE SUN
I remember t vividly,
the way he took my everything,
my pride and honour.
I was too scared to refuse,
his threats got over me,
innocently I gave in.
Oh! the pain it caused.
Canningly he took my pride,
making me a woman at thirteen.
My heart still bleeds,
nobody believed my tragedies.
Cry dear child,
nobody is going to rescue us,
This world is too dumb to help.
#lets a rise to stop the girl child sexual harassment in schools
Fida-Uganda
Fida-Uganda added 4 new photos.Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 at 11:58pm
Lucy Ladira advisor at JLOS speaking on how the concept of special courts contributes to reduction in case backlog.
Citing examples from South Africa and recent efforts in Katakwi and Gulu she demonstrated the need to have at least a special day dedicated to Sexual Gender Based Violence #SGBV #UGJudiciary4SGBV
Fida-Uganda
Fida-Uganda added 2 new photos.Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 at 11:25pm
Justice Batema speaking on the prospects for special sessions within the current judicial system #UGJudiciary4SGBV

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