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.
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 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.
To advance gender equality through the promotion of women’s rights.
A just and peaceful society where women’s rights are realised and enjoyed in all spheres.