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.

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    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 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
    Fida-Uganda added 3 new photos.Sunday, June 11th, 2017 at 6:12am
    Entertainment for the day over here at Hotel Africana.
    Fida-Uganda added 5 new photos.Sunday, June 11th, 2017 at 6:03am
    Closing moments to sum up the fundraising cocktail. #FidaUgAGM2017
    Fida-UgandaSunday, June 11th, 2017 at 5:42am
    Justice David Batema launches the Fund a woman, fund a child FIDA Uganda campaign to enhance access to justice for women and children.
    Fida-Uganda added 4 new photos.Sunday, June 11th, 2017 at 5:32am
    Fun moments during the fundraising cocktail session earlier today at Hotel Africana.