ABOUT FIDA KENYA
FIDA Kenya is the premier women’s rights organization in Kenya which for over 32 years has offered free legal aid to over 320,000 women and their children. The matters range from custody and maintenance, matrimonial disputes, discrimination in Employment, participation in public positions and sexual violence. FIDA Kenya similarly conducts education and advocacy programmes that positively impact on structural, institutional, and legal reforms within Kenya to ensure gender sensitivity and responsiveness.
The organization was established in 1985 during the 3rd UN Conference on Women held in Nairobi and attained registration in 1993 under the NGO Coordination Act. FIDA Kenya is a membership organization of over 1,100 women lawyers and law students and is committed to the creation of a society that is free from all forms of discrimination against women in Kenya.
As the oldest women’s rights organization in Eastern Africa, FIDA Kenya has over the years curved a niche for itself as a fearless defender of women’s rights at the national, regional and international level. 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 and institutions of higher learning, among others.
The above is carried out with the explicit intention of sharing best practices, innovations and also exerting policy and practice influence. At the regional and international level, FIDA-Kenya has gained recognition as an actor in women’s empowerment. FIDA Kenya uses its stature at the regional and international level to bring pressure to bear on policy makers in favor of marginalized wome
A society that respects and upholds women’s rights
The promotion of women’s individual and collective power to claim their rights in all spheres of life
At FIDA Kenya we are conscious that in order to realize our Vision and Mission certain core values are central to guide our work as they set our institutional norms and guide our interventions in all our work. They Include;
- Professional rigor
- Transparency and Accountability
- Learning and promoting a culture of inquiry
- Respect for diversity
- Team work and collective good
FIDA Kenya`s approach to its work is guided by the following;
- Partnership and alliance building
- Gender responsiveness
- Movement building
- Human rights based
- Emphasis on substantive equality
- Women as a collective constituency
- To promote access to justice through provision of legal aid services to women.
- To be the premier organization in research and documentation on women’s legal issues to guide public and private sector operations.
- To consolidate the gains for women in the Constitution and secure effective implementation of all gender responsive laws.
- To nurture strategic alliances with like-minded organizations and individuals in order to harness the collective power of women to achieve social justice.
- To proactively influence institutional structures to recognize, comply and be responsive to women’s rights at county, national, continental and international levels.
- To strengthen the capacity and visibility of the organization to secure sustainability
ACCESS TO JUSTICE | WOMEN & GOVERNANCE | KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME | INSTITUTIONAL STRENGTHENING
Access to justice
This is an organization where diverse access to justice products for women are modeled. Recognizing that women experience injustice in certain specific ways, our investments are around potentially unique cases that are likely to set new jurisprudence. Thus, a more succinct intervention around public interest litigation is developed in line with the new constitutional obligation, with a view to proactively seeking clarity on the jurisprudence advancing women's rights.
Women and Governance
In seeking to promote women's full and equal participation and representation, this program focuses its energies to secure transformative justice for all women. We are aware that operational practices at national and county institutions are products of socialization and most likely adopt "learned" behaviors of exclusion; we, therefore, seek to promote awareness on the need for gender responsive laws, policies, and practices. Therefore, the program generates standard setting guidance memoranda and/or practices on what justice look and feels like for women.
Knowledge Management Programme
Through this program, FIDA Kenya seeks to deliberately contribute to a body knowledge in the women's right movement. Through a thorough analysis of the constitution, national development agenda set out in Vision 2030 and its operational framework in the MTP II, FIDA Kenya invests in capturing ways in which these national priorities must promote women's right to be fully and meaningfully realized
Through sustained administrative and financial management, FIDA Kenya will continue to model excellence in it human resource and financial prudence
CONSULTATIVE & OBSERVER ACCREDITATION
FIDA Kenya boasts of its consultative and observer status with United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the African Union (AU) which has enabled it to get accreditation to critical international policy influencing spaces such as The United Nation Commission on the status of Women (C.S.W), Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the African Commission on Human & Peoples Rights (ACHPR) thereby affirming its credibility as a defender for women’s rights.