37th FIDA International Convention begins Feb 15-17, 2021

By Foster Obi

The International Federation of Women Lawyers Convention, FIDACON 2021, is kick starting Monday February 15, with the theme, ‘From Barriers to Bridges,’ and will be ending February 17, 2021.  According to the organisers, registration for the fully packed event which will be virtual can be made online using a credit/debit card via PayPal or by wire transfer to the FIDA Convention account, adding, “This registration form is only valid once payment is confirmed.”

The International Federation of Women Lawyers (IFWL), in Spanish Federacion Internacional de Abogadas (FIDA), is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) that enhances the status of women and children by providing legal aid, legal literacy and education programs, and through advocacy, law reform, research and publications.

The International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) is an NGO. It 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.

The aim is to organize women lawyers nationally, regionally and internationally, promoting the study of comparative law and advance the opportunities available to the women.

In consultative status with the economic and social council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) since 1954, FIDA creates spaces to network with other NGOs and co-operate with governmental organisations.

FIDA-Nigeria was founded in May 1982 to promote the welfare of women and children and remove harmful laws. It provides free legal services to women and children, provides education and publications to help explain the law, and runs seminars, workshops and conferences.

Pamphlets cover subjects such as juvenile delinquency, rights of women, forced and early marriages and the effects of female circumcision.

In 2017, the 36th Convention took place in Freeport, Bahamas., with the theme “The Economic Empowerment of Women and Children in an Evolving World”, through presentations and panel discussions on various topics, participants deliberated on economic empowerment of women, leadership, advancement in education, technology freedom and sustainable development, among other themes.

Pix: Discussants at the 2017 convention in Bahamas