Who we are
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 work.
In particular, FIDA (U) seeks to promote human rights standards as established 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 patriarchy, 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.
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Our Thematic Areas and Strategic Objectives
Building Capacity of Cultural Institutions Cultural leaders stand up for land rights of vulnerable women in Northern Uganda
Rose Odongo, is a widow from a polygamous marriage living in Northern Uganda. Her husband’s death brought Rose and her two co-wives face to face with trauma again when the husband’s family members sought to evict them and their children from land they had occupied when married, their only source of livelihood. Rose’s pleas for help to clan leaders in protecting her interest failed as clan leaders supported the common cultural practice….
- RT @networkersea: We will work together with the Ministry of Gender labour Social and Economic Development to engage the budget committee.…FIDA_Uganda15 hours ago
- She adds that it is thanks to FIDA that now she has a voice in the home and owns 7 acres of land as of now. The hus… https://t.co/8BBO8iE5X0FIDA_Uganda15 hours ago
- I am very grateful to @FIDA_Uganda because we (women) never used to interface with the magistrate in court without… https://t.co/p3pXrCIznlFIDA_Uganda15 hours ago
- Another challenge is the startup capital. The president has answered out cry on this, but the money is very inadequ… https://t.co/ELYyCZE4IuFIDA_Uganda16 hours ago
- One of the challenges we are facing is the market for our products. I tell people that this problem is due to produ… https://t.co/whvV38CBgRFIDA_Uganda16 hours ago
Our Operational objective priorities
To diversify and raise our income annually by 30% for greater outreach and effectiveness;
To strengthen systems and processes for effective ﬁnancial management, continuous growth and integrity;
To increase staff diversity, improve rewards and enhance their capacity to effectively deliver on the strategic plan;
To strengthen communication systems and enhance FIDA Uganda’s visibility and advocacy on women’s human rights and gender equality’