Resolutions

RESOLUTIONS OF THE 34TH CONVENTION OF THE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF WOMEN LAWYERS (FIDA) LAGOS, NIGERIA, 25 NOVEMBER 2011

THEME: WOMEN THROUGH THE AGES AND SUSTAINABLE EMPOWERMENT IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED ON THIS 25th DAY OF NOVEMBER 2011, that given the reform of the United Nations and, in particular, the consolidation and restricting of all L N entities concerning women’s human rights which took effect earlier this year in 2011, FIDA through its membership support the work of the new UN entity known as UN Women, relating to advancing the status of women.

it is further resolved in this 25th day of november 2011, that FIDA support the work of the CEDAW Committee of Experts and through its membership monitor the implementation of the concluding comments and observations of the CEDAW Committee. Where practical, FIDA chapters and members should advance universal ratification and the promotion of the CEDAW Convention and the Optional Protocol as well as the promotion of the work of the CEDAW Committee.

IT IS ALSO HEREBY RESOLVED ON THIS 25th DAY OF NOVEMBER 2011, that FIDA through its membership monitor and identify best practices of good governance in both the corporate and political sectors as it relates to accountability, transparency, integrity, fairness and diversity. This includes working on anti-corruption legislation as well as providing for enforcement through legal remedies.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED ON THIS 25TH DAY OF NOVEMBER 2011, that FIDA through its membership monitor and identify best practices in the political, public, private and corporate sectors relating to the percentages of women in positions of power and leadership, including their service on corporate and government advisory boards. This also includes the hiring, promotion and retention of diverse female candidates who shall hold at a minimum 35% of all posts, particularly at the highest level, within all sectors.

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED ON THIS 25TH DAY OF NOVEMBER 2011, that FIDA through its membership advance the rights of women and their children in situations of war and armed conflict. This necessarily includes safeguarding the riqhts of refugees and those internally displaced.

AND FINALLY BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED ON THIS 25th DAY OF NOVEMBER 2011 THAT AMBASSADOR ADUKE ALAKIJA BE APPOINTED AN HONORARY LIFE PRESIDENT OF FIDA IN RECOGNITION OF HER INTRODUCTION OF FIDA TO NIGERIA AND FOR BEING THE FIRST NIGERIAN TO BE PRESIDENT. DATED IN LAGOS THIS 25TH DAY OF NOVEMBER 2011.

Resolutions Passed at the 33rd Biennial Convention of the International federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) in Milan, Italy 12th – 16th November 2008

Theme: Children are the future ¿what rights? ¿What laws?

At the end of its 33rd Biennial Convention Which held at the Hotel Pallazo Delle Stelline in Milan, Italy from 12th – 16th November 2008, the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) passed the following Resolutions:Whereas the rights of the children have not been adequately protected in international Conventions as well as Domestic legislation; Realizing that the Convention on the Rights of the Child is yet to be domesticated in most countries. Recognizing that Children in armed conflict situations are used as sex objects and suffer gross human rights abuse. Recognizing that Children in developing nations do not have access to free and adequate basic education. Acknowledging that the Global financial crisis has untold implications for child health care and overall well-being. Expressing concern and Recognizing that certain societal and cultural prejudices hamper the promotion of children’s rights. Recognizing that Globalization and its consequent exposure to the internet negatively impacts on the moral development of the child. FIDA expresses great concern over these issues and hereby resolves as follows: FIDA will form an Action Committee to study the children’s rights situations in member countries and recommend mechanisms to check the worst forms of child abuse such as child prostitution and pornography, trafficking of women, girls and boys. FIDA will form a strong Advocacy group to persuade Governments to enact laws that reflect the provisions of the Protocol on the Rights of the Child. FIDA Urges Governments to enact legislation criminalizing the mutilation of children in a any form and particular, removal, sale or purchase of their organs for whatever purpose. While FIDA appreciates the efforts of the International Criminal Court in addressing the infringement of children’s rights in armed conflict situations, we urge speedy trials and more stringent sanctions against the violators of these rights. FIDA Advocates that persons who engage in trans-border trafficking in women and children should be tried by the International Criminal Court. FIDA Urges all Governments to make substantial budgetary provisions for child education, health and overall welfare.

Dated this 15th day of November 2008 in Milan Italy Johana Sterbin, Chairperson, Resolutions Committee.