FIDA is an international Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC), Organized in 1944 at Mexico City, the group was originally known officially by its Spanish name, Federacion Internacionl 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 organizations. Individual members must be women admitted to the practice of law in their respective countries. Affiliate organizations have been established in 73 countries in all five 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
- Organize women lawyers nationally, regionally and internationally
- Advance the opportunities available to the women in civic life, politic, education, industry, business and the professions particularly the legal profession
- Establish friendly and international relations
- 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. FIDA does this by creating and rising legal awareness of the rights as provided in the national laws as well as the international standards of equality, advocacy and lobbying through FIDA’s conferences and workshops. Also through networking with other non-governmental organizations and co-operating with governmental organizations as the need arises.