Brief History

Background

The Federation of Women Lawyers – Kenya (FIDA Kenya) was established in 1985 after the 3rd UN Conference on Women which was held in Nairobi. Until 1993, FIDA Kenya was affiliated to Federation International De Abogadas (The International Federation of Women Lawyers – FIDA) which was formed in 1944 in Mexico by a group of women lawyers with the aim of promoting women’s rights globally.

FIDA Kenya is a non- profit, non-partisan membership organization committed to the creation of a society that is free from all forms of discrimination against women. This is done through:

  1. Provision of legal aid to indigent women,
  2. Engagement on legal,
  3. Policy and legislative reform,
  4. Treaty monitoring and research,
  5. Women’s rights monitoring,
  6. Advocacy, education and referral among other programmatic interventions.

As the oldest women’s rights organization in Eastern Africa, FIDA Kenya has curved a niche for itself as a fearless defender of women’s human rights at the national, regional and international platform.

Our Strategic Niche

Towards achieving its mandate, FIDA Kenya continually seeks to establish and maintain strategic partnerships with several like-minded partners including the Kenyan Government through its ministries and agencies, civil society partners, development partners, institutions of higher learning, among others.
FIDA Kenya currently enjoys observer and Consultative status with the UN Economic and social Council and the African Commission on People and Human Rights. It regularly presents shadow reports and sends a delegation to the CEDAW committee, Human Rights Committee and CSW on the status of women in Kenya.

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