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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Fida-UgandaFriday, April 21st, 2017 at 2:37am
Join FIDA Uganda tomorrow for a Tweetchat on #FreeStellaNyanzi

Topic: Shrinking Political Space vs Our Human Rights starting 2pm-4pm.

Panelists: Dr Miria Matembe, Ambassador Edith Ssempala and Mercy Munduru.

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Highlights from #Uganda's Human Rights Convention 2017 #HRCUg17 https://goo.gl/k14IfH
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Our very own Ms. Annette Bada, Head of Strategic Interest Litigation-FIDA and Ms. Lina Zedriga, Human Rights Activist addressing participants at the Uganda Human Rights Convention yesterday. #HRGIG17
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Mr. Busingye Kabumba receiving the Human Rights Award on behalf of Mr. Ladislaus Rwakafuzi yesterday at the Uganda Human Rights Convention. #HRCUG17
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PHOTOS: Uganda's Human Rights Convention 2017. #HRCUg17
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Fida-UgandaFriday, April 7th, 2017 at 1:18am
Bishop Ochola emphasizes the need to respect women, treat them with respect and courtesy. #HRCUG17
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Fida-UgandaFriday, April 7th, 2017 at 12:55am
"Women are still being bartered, bride price is still being asked for" Lina Zedriga

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Fida-UgandaFriday, April 7th, 2017 at 12:50am
Marriage And Divorce Bill is not meant for women. The Bill is meant to empower the whole society- Hon. Jovah Kamateeka #HRCUG17
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Fida-UgandaFriday, April 7th, 2017 at 12:49am
Uganda must have law reform, right from who makes the laws and in whose interests - @FGimara #HRUg17
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Fida-UgandaFriday, April 7th, 2017 at 12:49am
Have we taken government to task to see they are serving the interests of the people? -Hon. Kamateka #HRCUG17
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Fida-UgandaFriday, April 7th, 2017 at 12:05am
For state attorneys, it's not your duty to defend the indefensible. - Busingye Kabumba #HRCUG17
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Fida-UgandaFriday, April 7th, 2017 at 12:01am
We also need to interrogate the meaning of public on public interest litigations - Busingye Kabumba. #HRCUG17

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