Who we are?

FIDA is an international Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) in consultative status with the economic and social council of the United Nations (ECOSOC). Organised in 1944 at Mexico City, the group was originally known officially by its Spanish name, Federacion Internacional de Abogadas. Its mission is to promote the welfare of women and children and the principle and aims of the United Nations in their legal and social aspects. FIDA obtained UN Consultative status in 1954. FIDA consists of individual members and affiliate organisations. Individual members must be women admitted to the practice of law in their respective countries. Affiliate organisations have been established in 73 countries in all 5 continents of the world. FIDA holds national, regional and international conferences and a biennial congress held in the country of the current president. Presidency is rotated around the five continents of the world.

FIDA’s role has been to:

  • Promote the aims and principles of the United Nations
  • Organise women lawyers nationally, regionally and internationally
  • Advance the opportunities available to the women in civic life, politics, education, industry, business and the professions particularly the legal profession
  • Establish friendly and international relations04
  • Promote the study of comparative law
  • Champion the rights of women and children
  • Promote the socio-economic well being of women and children.

FIDA is involved in the promotion, protection and preservation of the rights of women and children. These include their civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights. We do this by creating and raising legal awareness of the rights as provided in our national laws as well as the international standards of equality. We do this by advocacy and lobbying through our conferences and workshops. Also through networking with other non-governmental organisations and co-operating with governmental organisations as the need arises.