International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Nigeria
FIDA is the acronym for the Spanish name "Federación Internacional dé Abogadas" which translates to "International Federation of Women Lawyers". FIDA Nigeria is a Non-Governmental, Non-Profit Organization made up of women lawyers called to the practise of Law in Nigeria.
FIDA was formed in 1964 by Mrs. (Lady) Aduke Alakija in Nigeria.
FIDA Nigeria is a member of FIDA International founded in 1944 in Mexico by a group of women lawyers from Cuba, El Salvador, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Unites States of America.
FIDA Nigeria has been in existence for over fifty years and has branches in thirty-three states of the nation.
THEIR VISION: A just, peaceful and equitable Nigerian society where women and children’s rights, interests are guaranteed, in which they have the freedom to choose and live their own future.
THEIR MISSION: FIDA Nigeria’s mission is to promote, protect and preserve the rights, interests and well-being of women and children through the use of legal framework to ensure that they live free from all forms of discrimination, violence and abuse in the society.
OBJECTIVES OF FIDA
To enhance and promote the welfare of women and children, realizing that on women and children’s well being depend the happiness of the home and strength of the society.
To establish friendly international on the basis of equality and mutual respect for all peoples.
To promote the principles and aims of the United Nations in their legal and social aspects
To promote the study of comparative Law
To proffer advice to the government in all cases of neglect relating to women and children
In recognition of her work, FIDA Nigeria was honored by the Nigerian Government for their work on the Eradication of Drug Abuse.
Distribution of the African protocol on women throughout Nigeria, funded by IPAS.
FIDA Nigeria collaborated with Legal Aid Council and Federal Ministry of Women Affairs to Simplify the Child Rights Act.
Proffering advice to Government in all cases of neglet relating to women and children.
FIDA Nigeria collaborated with other CSOs, the World Bank and DFID for the National Gender Policy Dialogue project in 2012.
Advocating for Legislations that would promote the advancement and protecto of women and children.
The Women Protection Mandate Project is a platform through which FIDA provided legal support to female political candidates who wished to challenge election results where there were clear cases of irregularities that denied them the mandate. This served to increase the participation and representation of women in decision making and governance.
In Recognition of her work, FIDA Nigeria received 2 delegate slots to the 2014 Sovereign National Conference from Federal Government of Nigeria.
FIDA Nigeria managed the Secretariat for Legislative Advocacy Coalition on Violence against Women. [LACVAW]
FIDA Kano State Branch collaborated with other NGOs and Government Ministries for a project on formalization of registration of land title in the state as a way of empowering women to ensure their right to own landed property.
FIDA Akwa-Ibom Branch established a temporary shelter for battered women.
FIDA Abuja Branch conducted a awareness campaign on the Violence against Person Prohibition(VAPP) Act
FIDA Abuja Branch in collaboration with MSH conducted training for orphans & Vulnerable Children (OVC) Caregivers at Asaba, Delta State.
FIDA Niger was instrumental in the setting up of a 7 man committee to review harmful traditional practices against women in Local Government Areas of Niger State.
In recognition of Pro bono work, several Branches enjoy a waiver on filling fees for Court processes.