FIDA-Kenya is a premier women’s rights organization in Kenya that has offered free legal aid to over 3,000,000 women and their children over the course of 34 years.
Having been established in 1985 during the 3rd UN Conference on Women held in Nairobi, FIDA-Kenya was registered in 1987 in accordance with the NGO Coordination Act. The organization is commitied to creating a society that respects and upholds women's rights with a mission to promote women's individual and collective power to clai their rights in all spheres of life.
FIDA-Kenya is a membership organization with over 1,400 women advocates, lawyers, and law students in Kenya. Each member has access to networking opportunities during Annual General Meetings, Members' forums, retreats, among other organizational activities. Membership into the organization also offers preferential selection for consultancy opportunities present in the organization.Over the years, FIDA-Kenya has handled litigation on custody and maintenance matters, land and matrimonial property disputes, labor and economic rights, participated in advocacy around Women in political participation, Sexual Reproductive Health Rights, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Child and Forced Marriage, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence among others. Similarly, the organization conducts education and advocacy programs that positively impact on structural, institutional, and legal reforms within Kenya to ensure gender sensitivity and responsiveness.
The organization is an accredited institution and has observer status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR). The submission of periodic shadow reports to the international and human rights agencies continues to provide space for advocacy at a higher level. The adoption of the Resolution on Women’s Rights to Land and Productive Resources by the ACHPR, Litigation of Women Land Rights before the ACHPR are critical achievements made by regional advocacy efforts.
In addition, the organization continues to use networks established regionally such as the Women Inheritance Now (WIN), CSO Platforms of the African Union Land Policy Initiative and Lake Victoria Rights Alliance – East African to engage in joint advocacy on women’s rights.