The International Federation of Women Lawyers was founded on the 4th of August, 1944 in Mexico City, Mexico. The Federation was named in Spanish as Federación Internacional de Abogadas (FIDA). Since 1944, FIDA has established membership in over 70 countries across the world.
The Uganda Association of Women Lawyers (FIDA Uganda) was established in 1974 by a group of women lawyers with the primary objective of promoting their professional and intellectual growth. FIDA Uganda established its first legal aid clinic in Kampala in 1988, with the objective of providing legal services to indigent women to enable them access justice.
Today, FIDA Uganda has over 300 members, and offices in cities and towns across the country; Arua, Gulu, Iganga, Kampala and Soroti. While the provision of legal aid remains a core function of FIDA Uganda, the Association has adopted a broad range of strategic functions to pursue gender equality. FIDA Uganda is a much respected founding entity in the advocacy for women’s rights in Uganda, and a well-renowned voice for the women of Uganda.