Federacion Internacional de Abogadas (FIDA)

The Uganda Association of Women Lawyers (FIDA-Uganda) is one of the leading women’s rights organizations in Uganda and the pioneer of legal aid and public legal education in sub-Saharan Africa.
Formed in 1974, FIDA-Uganda has an established track record of promoting and defending human rights, with a focus on the rights of women with children as beneficiaries of this of this work.

FIDA (U) is a National chapter of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (in spanish Federacion Internacional De Abogadas) formed in 1948 in Latin America.

In particular, FIDA(U) seeks to promote human rights standards as estalished in international, regional and national human rights instruments and uses a feminist and rights based approach in order to address the underlying causes of abuse, including patriachy, injustice and exclusion.

As a feminist organization, FIDA Uganda uses multiple strategies aimed at advancing law and policy reform for the protection of women including advocacy, public interest litigation and various forms of public engagement.

FIDA (U) also supports and monitors the Government of Uganda as the primary duty bearer to fulfil its obligation to protect and promote the human rights of women through establishing/strengthening sustainable and effective legal and structural mechanisms.

In particular, FIDA(U) also monitors the justice systems’ adherence to international human rights standards in delivering justice to women.

FIDA-Uganda has observer status with the Africa Human Rights Commission.

Our Mission

To advance gender equality through the promotion of women's rights.

Our Vision

A just and peaceful society where women's rights are realised and enjoyed in all spheres

Core Values

  • Integrity
  • Professionalism
  • Independence
  • Gender Equality and Non-discrimination
  • our organizational objectives

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    FIDA is using the Self Actualization Model for Empowerment (SAME) model which embraces a holistic approach reducing the vulnerability and powerlessness of poor women, men and children in the target districts. Through our Integrated Response Against Child Trafficking (IRACT 2) program, we strive to strengthen the responses aimed at the elimination of child trafficking and unsafe migration of children in Uganda.

    Watch the 2016 Documentary about Children Trafficked from Nothern Uganda

    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.

    Together for Liberty!
    Fida-UgandaFriday, April 7th, 2017 at 7:08pm
    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
    Fida-Uganda added 5 new photos.Friday, April 7th, 2017 at 6:52pm
    Mr. Busingye Kabumba receiving the Human Rights Award on behalf of Mr. Ladislaus Rwakafuzi yesterday at the Uganda Human Rights Convention. #HRCUG17
    Fida-Uganda added 19 new photos.Friday, April 7th, 2017 at 6:26pm
    PHOTOS: Uganda's Human Rights Convention 2017. #HRCUg17
    Fida-UgandaFriday, April 7th, 2017 at 1:18am
    Bishop Ochola emphasizes the need to respect women, treat them with respect and courtesy. #HRCUG17
    Fida-UgandaFriday, April 7th, 2017 at 12:55am
    "Women are still being bartered, bride price is still being asked for" Lina Zedriga

    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
    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
    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
    Fida-UgandaFriday, April 7th, 2017 at 12:05am
    For state attorneys, it's not your duty to defend the indefensible. - Busingye Kabumba #HRCUG17
    Fida-UgandaFriday, April 7th, 2017 at 12:01am
    We also need to interrogate the meaning of public on public interest litigations - Busingye Kabumba. #HRCUG17
    Fida-UgandaThursday, April 6th, 2017 at 11:44pm
    LIVE: Human Rights Convention 2017 at Kabira Country Club. #HRCUG17 https://t.co/DbKkpqPO7S