County Government of Mombasa recognizes FIDA’s impact

County Government of Mombasa has recognized FIDA Kenya as a 2018 Corporate Gender Awareness Champion in celebration of the International Women’s Day. FIDA Kenya was recognized for the impact it has in the society on women rights issues.

FIDA Continues to LEAD

Last night (Wednesday 28th February 2018) FIDA Kenya won the “Timeless Women of Wonder” award for being the leading Women Rights Activists in Kenya and for our contribution to the flourishing Future of Africa.

 

FIDA was feted at the closing gala dinner of TWOW conference that brought together over 900 women leaders from all sectors (Government, Development, Civil Society, Enterprise and Corporate), Women Enterprises from all over Kenya, Africa and the Globe and about 150 Men Leaders across various sectors. The conference dialogues was on how to develop, support and nurture African enterprises to generate wealth and jobs. FIDA Kenya was recognized for the free legal aid given to over 320,000 women and changing over 3 million lives. Peaceful families generate more income and ultimately a nation’s economic sustainability.

 

Join FIDA Kenya on Friday 9th March 2018 at 6.00pm at the Arboretum Garden for a Charity Gala Dinner to raise more resources for our mediation services. FIDA Kenya celebrates families that have broken the barriers of discrimination and united for prosperity.

 

Individual ticket Kshs. 5000 Corporate (table for 10) Kshs. 100,000

Chief Guest Hon. Anne Waiguru

Ms. Renee Ngamau ( Presenter Capital FM)

Gift Hampers for Guests and Prestigious Prizes to be won…tell a friend. We look forward to hosting you

Successful Mediation

This picture captures the highlight of today’s mediation. The smiles are evidence of a family reconciliation in a succession claim that guarantees the widow ownership of land and proceeds from rental property

KAKAMEGA H.C C.P. No. 3 of 2014 FIDA KENYA & ANO. VS- AG & ANOTHER

This is a matter against the Registrar of Birth Certificates on the discrimination of children born to single mothers during issuing of birth certificates Apart from the requirement of the father’s National Identification Card to include him in the Birth Certificate which was addressed by Hon. Mumbi Ngugi in a different matter, FIDA Kenya is challenging the provisions of Sec.24 (3) of the Children’s Act in relation to the acquisition of parental responsibility by the father of a child where the mother is burdened with parental responsibility until the father opts to acquire the same as provided for under Sec. 25 of the said Act. FIDA Kenya also contends that the use of the terms “child born out of wedlock and unmarried mother” in the Children’s Act are discriminatory terms. And secondly, that “acquisition of parental responsibility” gives the father an opportunity to “choose” to accept responsibility whereas for a mother automatically bears responsibility. The father’s “economic status” is also given consideration. This goes against the Constitution on the equality in parental responsibility.

The matter is ongoing.

KISUMU CONSTITUTIONAL REF No. 11 of 2012 FIDA KENYA & ANO. VS- AG & ANOTHER

The Petitioners were seeking among other orders declaration that the practice of widow eviction and various sections of the Law of Succession Act (LOS Act) CAP 160 as unconstitutional. The judgment on this case failed to consider the plight of widows and give orders that advance women’s rights to property inheritance as provided for under the Constitution of Kenya 2010. The judge in overlooking the evidence held that the 1st Petitioner was not affected by referred sections of the LOS Act and on matters touching on constitutionality of certain provisions of the Law of Succession Act; an Advisory Opinion under Article 163 (6) of the Constitution would be the right procedure. No orders were made relating to the general practice of widow eviction and six other prayers sought aimed at protecting the rights of widows in Kenya.

An appeal on the matter is ongoing.

MALINDI PETITION 10 OF 2014; FEDERATION OF WOMEN LAWYERS IN KENYA & 4 OTHERS VS THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE AND NATIONAL LAND COMMISSION

FIDA Kenya is litigating on the Constitutional and Human Rights violations during the Tana River clashes between 9th July, 2012 and 10th January, 2013 when several lives were lost, property destroyed, homes destroyed and vandalized and several people were displaced hence rendered homeless. The Petitioners are seeking several remedies including declarations as to the failure of the state to protect lives and property, an order for compensation for the affected, an award for general and special damages for pain and suffering, an order requiring that the Judicial Commission of Inquiry Report be made public, an order for establishment of Police Stations within a radius of 20 Kilometers or any other reasonable boundary under the current administrative boundary marks, reparation rights and NLC to carry out its mandate to deal with the land historical injustices.

The case is ongoing.

MALINDI CONSTITUTIONAL PETITION NUMBER 8 of 2013 FIDA KENYA & 3 OTHERS –VS- KAGAA COPERATIVE SOCIETY, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL & NATIONAL LAND COMMISSION

This is a case on women land rights and the historical injustices on land that that have been experienced generally in the Coast and more particularly how it has affected women and the community at large.

This matter was heard and judgment delivered on 14th September, 2016. The Petition was dismissed. The court was of the opinion that allowing the petition as prayed would be inviting the court on a flight of fancy by asking it to find that their ancestors were discriminated against and that the enforcement of the alleged infringed rights should be enforced now. FIDA has filed a notice to appeal.

SUPREME COURT ADVISORY OPINION NO 2 OF 2012

This case was an Advisory Opinion filed by the AG at the Supreme Court seeking the Court’s interpretation on whether application of the two-third gender principle as provided for under the Constitution was progressive or immediate. FIDA Kenya enjoined the case as an interested party to advocate for the immediate application of the two-thirds gender principle.