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  • Organisation

    FIDA Nigeria is a Non-Governmental, Non-Profit Organisation made up of women lawyers called to the practise of Law in Nigeria. FIDA was formed in 1964 by Mrs. (Lady) Aduke Alakija. FIDA Nigeria is a member of FIDA International founded in 1944 in Mexico by a group of women lawyers from Cuba, El Salvador, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Unites States of America.

    FIDA Nigeria has been in existence for over fifty years and has branches in thirty-three states of the nation. Their vision: a just, peaceful and equitable Nigerian society where women and children’s rights, interests are guaranteed, in which they have the freedom to choose and live their own future.

    Their mission: to promote, protect and preserve the rights, interests and well-being of women and children through the use of legal framework to ensure that they live free from all forms of discrimination, violence and abuse in the society.

    Objectives of FIDA:

    • To enhance and promote the welfare of women and children, realising that women and children’s well-being depend on the happiness of the home and strength of the society
    • To establish friendly international relations on the basis of equality and mutual respect for all peoples
    • To promote the principles and aims of the United Nations in their legal and social aspects
    • To promote the study of comparative law
    • To offer advice to the government in all cases of neglect relating to women and children
    • Organisation

      FIDA Nigeria is a Non-Governmental, Non-Profit Organisation made up of women lawyers called to the practise of Law in Nigeria. FIDA was formed in 1964 by Mrs. (Lady) Aduke Alakija. FIDA Nigeria is a member of FIDA International founded in 1944 in Mexico by a group of women lawyers from Cuba, El Salvador, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Unites States of America.

      FIDA Nigeria has been in existence for over fifty years and has branches in thirty-three states of the nation. Their vision: a just, peaceful and equitable Nigerian society where women and children’s rights, interests are guaranteed, in which they have the freedom to choose and live their own future.

      Their mission: to promote, protect and preserve the rights, interests and well-being of women and children through the use of legal framework to ensure that they live free from all forms of discrimination, violence and abuse in the society.

      Objectives of FIDA:

      • To enhance and promote the welfare of women and children, realising that women and children’s well-being depend on the happiness of the home and strength of the society
      • To establish friendly international relations on the basis of equality and mutual respect for all peoples
      • To promote the principles and aims of the United Nations in their legal and social aspects
      • To promote the study of comparative law
      • To offer advice to the government in all cases of neglect relating to women and children
    • Project

      This project of FIDA Nigeria aims to achieve gender equality and empowerment through the adoption of the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act (VAPP Act) 2015 in Rivers State and effective utilisation of this law in Lagos State and Abuja in the prosecution of perpetrators of all forms of violence against women and children. The VAPP Act was enacted to tackle the continuous and persistent increase in the cases of violence against people in Nigeria. This legislation prohibits and criminalises various acts like rape, physical injury on a person, female genital mutilation and emotional, verbal, and psychological abuse and political violence.

      The wealth of this legislation is unknown to many. The statute has not been tested by the courts therefore gaps in the legislation are not yet revealed. The Act however, is believed to be a valuable tool in the hand of any lawyer working for the promotion, protection and preservation of the rights of women and children in Nigeria. When the Act is effectively implemented and perpetrators punished, survivors of violence are encouraged to speak out and other potential perpetrators are deterred.

      This project works on 4 levels:

      • Advocacy towards the members of Rivers State House of Assembly, the Attorney General and Governor/First Lady of Rivers State, and other influential traditional/religious to give their support in the domestication of the VAPP Law in the state.
      • Community outreach in three Local Government Areas in Rivers State with high incidence of Gender Based Violence (GBV) to educate on the provisions of the VAPP law and the reporting channels in cases of abuse.
      • Providing Members of the Nigerian Bar Association (with a particular focus on members of FIDA Nigeria) with in-depth information on the provisions of the Act to encourage effective utilisation in the courts.
      • Engagement of the Judiciary and the Nigerian Police Force in technical sessions where provisions of the Act are carefully studied to achieve a clear understanding of each player’s role in prosecution.
  • Project

    This project of FIDA Nigeria aims to achieve gender equality and empowerment through the adoption of the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act (VAPP Act) 2015 in Rivers State and effective utilisation of this law in Lagos State and Abuja in the prosecution of perpetrators of all forms of violence against women and children. The VAPP Act was enacted to tackle the continuous and persistent increase in the cases of violence against people in Nigeria. This legislation prohibits and criminalises various acts like rape, physical injury on a person, female genital mutilation and emotional, verbal, and psychological abuse and political violence.

    The wealth of this legislation is unknown to many. The statute has not been tested by the courts therefore gaps in the legislation are not yet revealed. The Act however, is believed to be a valuable tool in the hand of any lawyer working for the promotion, protection and preservation of the rights of women and children in Nigeria. When the Act is effectively implemented and perpetrators punished, survivors of violence are encouraged to speak out and other potential perpetrators are deterred.

    This project works on 4 levels:

    • Advocacy towards the members of Rivers State House of Assembly, the Attorney General and Governor/First Lady of Rivers State, and other influential traditional/religious to give their support in the domestication of the VAPP Law in the state.
    • Community outreach in three Local Government Areas in Rivers State with high incidence of Gender Based Violence (GBV) to educate on the provisions of the VAPP law and the reporting channels in cases of abuse.
    • Providing Members of the Nigerian Bar Association (with a particular focus on members of FIDA Nigeria) with in-depth information on the provisions of the Act to encourage effective utilisation in the courts.
    • Engagement of the Judiciary and the Nigerian Police Force in technical sessions where provisions of the Act are carefully studied to achieve a clear understanding of each player’s role in prosecution.

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