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Where does the name FIDA-Kenya come from? FIDA is a Spanish acronym for International Federation of Women Lawyers, that is, Federation International De Abogadas (FIDA). At its inception FIDA-Kenya was affiliated to the International Federation of Women Lawyers, an organization started in Mexico by a group of women lawyers who sought to promote Gender Equality globally. Update
Does FIDA-Kenya only focus on divorce matters? No, FIDA-Kenya primarily focuses on matters around the family law as these have been evidenced to affect women in a grave manner. We also intervene in land and succession matters child custody and maintenance, family mediation and work with informal justice systems to ensure that women rights are upheld and respected.
We also help women represent themselves in court, in simple matters through our self-representation programme. Further to this FIDA-Kenya also provides individual counseling, group therapy counseling, family mediation and general legal advice.
We work with communities through partnerships with community organizations, conduct community advocacy on women rights and gender responsive law, engage with legislators, Judiciary, nd the Police to ensure that gender responsive legislations are enacted and enforced and monitor government compliance to ratified international laws and treaties on women rights.
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Can a man be a member of FIDA-Kenya? No, membership to FIDA-Kenya is only open to women lawyers and women law students. FIDA-Kenya does however have men who are honorary members. Male honorary members are a select group of men who have demonstrated exceptional contribution to the work of FIDA-Kenya.
Men are also involved in FIDA Kenya’s work through our Friends of FIDA Initiative that brings together people from all walks of life, passionate about women rights to champion the course through philanthropy. Men are also involved as pro-bono lawyers and mediators.
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Who are the clients of FIDA-Kenya? FIDA-Kenya works towards the realization of a just society free from all forms of discrimination against women. Our primary beneficiaries are therefore women. However, we also work with men in various communities to ensure that gender equality is realized and that women rights are upheld and respected in all spheres of development. Update
What do I need to do to get help from FIDA Kenya? FIDA-Kenya offices are open from Monday to Friday from 8.00am to 5.00pm excluding public holidays. To get help from FIDA, kindly visit one of our three offices or call us to get more information on our services. Update
How to join FIDA-Kenya as a member? For you to join FIDA-Kenya membership you must be a woman lawyer Update
Where is FIDA-Kenya located? Fida has multiple branches in Kenya namely Nairobi,Kisumu,Mombasa Update
What are the working hours in FIDA-Kenya? Mon - Fri 8.00 - 17.00 Update
Who can join FIDA-Kenya as a mediator? Parties must first undertake the 40 hour professional mediation training. This is the minimum qualification as set by the Mediation Accreditation Committee. If one is trained through FIDA-Kenya, a fast track avenue is availed to them to join the pool of mediators and this process is free of charge to them.A compulsory two part induction session that comprises;
• Part I an introduction to FIDA-Kenya services, mission, vision and purpose for the mediation programme. This session also equips mediators with knowledge on how gender based violence impacts the lives of victims/survivors.
• Part II session is three (3) observation/mentorship sessions with an experienced family mediator. This affords an opportunity to understand FIDA’s process and exposure to the family mediation experience. If one does not train through FIDA-Kenya, they are subjected to a first come first served opportunity for mentorship through the two steps above and the induction process costs them KSh.5,000.00.
They then must supply the following: 1. A copy of the mediation training certificate. 2. A recommendation letter from the trainer 3. An application letter seeking to join the programme to offer free/pro bono services
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Does FIDA-Kenya charge for its services? No Update
Are there 'hidden' charges at FIDA? We charge 500 bob to open a file. In cases where the client is unable to raise the 500 bob we use a screener to assess there financial capabilities before waiving the fee. Update
Does FIDA-Kenya only focus on divorce matters? FIDA-Kenya focuses on matters around family law. Due to the number of cases presented to FIDA-Kenya, there is strong evidence suggesting that women in need of legal assistance, are often battling family related issues. However, FIDA-K deals with issues ranging from succession and property right, child custody and maintenance, family mediation, Domestic Violence, Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), Sexual harassment, and Sexual & Gender Based Violence (SGBV). Update
What else does FIDA-Kenya do? We also work with informal justice systems to ensure that women rights are upheld and respected. We also train women to represent themselves in court, in simple matters through our self-representation programme. Further, FIDA-Kenya also provides individual counseling, group therapy counseling, family mediation, and general legal advice.
We work with communities through partnerships with community organizations, we conduct community advocacy on women rights and gender responsive law, and we engage with legislators, The Judiciary, and the police to ensure that gender responsive legislations are enacted and enforced. We also monitor government compliance to ratified international laws and treaties on women rights.
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Does FIDA-Kenya offer Mediation servives? Yes. The Mediation programme is open to all member of the public to join as mediators, or clients seeking the services. To be a Mediator, there are pre-qualifications necessary to be considered Update
Does FIDA-Kenya charge for its services? We offer free legal services to our clients. What happens when FIDA-Kenya gives my case to a pro-bono lawyer? What do I do if I am dissatisfied with my FIDA-Kenya appointed advocate? Update
Does FIDA-Kenya tend to male clients? FIDA-Kenya does to turn male clients away when they come seeking legal assistance. Instead, we do referral to organizations, or law firms that can assist them. Update
How to go about getting help regarding a child maintenance matter? For assistance clients should visit any of our offices during the working hours. Update
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