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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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A CLV in Napak discussing some of the common vices that have in their community. She shares that for many families will usually find a young girl of about 14 they refer to as -Nakichologo to cater to the needs of older men.These girls are sometimes defiled by these men. @UN_Women https://t.co/5bVk1SpVdQ FIDA_Uganda photo

The trainer will also take the participants through reporting and documentation as core parts of the work of CLVs and cultural leaders. @DPUganda @UN_Women @unwomenuganda @unwomenafrica @elayzabeth @Mak_SWGS

Today the training will be led by the principle probation officer of Napak district who will take the participants through basic Tenants of Human rights & gender, the karamoja cultural principles ,Gender based violence & children in contact with the law. @unwomenuganda @DPUganda

The training yesterday focused on dismantling some of the unprogressive stereotypes especially relating to women and property, women & their SRHR and children. @elayzabeth @unwomenuganda @DPUganda @DorahMafabi @namankati @UN_Women @lugya_ahmed @BrendaAtwoo

One of the participants in Ngolereit ,Napak shared that land in their region belongs to the women to cultivate but other assets like cattle belong to the men.He shares that women have been discriminated for the longest time that they are unawares that they took can own cattle.

FIDA Uganda is training Community Legal Volunteers and Cultural leaders as one of the mechanisms to bridge the gap between the communities and service providers .These groups are being equipped with basic legal knowledge and skills through there training @UN_Women @unwomenuganda https://t.co/E4vRsHzlxZ FIDA_Uganda photo

Our Thematic Areas and Strategic Objectives

Enhancing Access to Justice for women

Objective: To enable women in Uganda to access quality and affordable legal services as a means to achieve human rights, gender equality and sustainable development.

Advancing gender responsive governance and women's effective participation in public life

Objective: to promote social accountability, rule of law and gender responsive governance at local, national and regional levels.

Promote social-Economic Rights and Justice for women

To promote accountability for the enactment and implementation of legal and policy frameworks for women’s socio-economic justice.

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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….

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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’