NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 2 – The Federation of Women Lawyers will mark its 30 years of existence on December 4, during which Kenyan women will get a chance to reflect on the gains since the promulgation of the new Constitution.
The December 4 ceremony will also be used to raise funds to boost FIDA-K operations.
“For the last 30 years FIDA Kenya (Federation of Women Lawyers in Kenya) has changed over 3m lives. It has received over 250,000 cases, 35 percent of which were resolved through mediation,” a statement from the organization m reads.
The organization pointed out that 53 percent of the cases it handled were custody and maintenance ones which helped more than 400,000 children to access education, health care, shelter among other basic needs.
The organization said it had also helped women have their land and property rights protected including division of matrimonial property.
It also boosts of training 12,000 police officers, ‘supporting’ 10,000 women leader and recruiting 5,000 community women rights monitors.
“FIDA is proud to have some of its members serving in high offices such as the Ministry Of Defence, and the Judiciary. Recently one of the founding members and former Presidential candidate Martha Karua is on record rallying fresh support of the two thirds gender rule,” it said.
Some of its major milestones in terms of law include the Children’s Act 2001, Sexual Offences Act 2006, Employment Act, Trafficking Bill, Gender and Development Policy and the Land Policy.
“FIDA Kenya’s current mission is to see the implementation of the two-thirds gender rule,” it said.
The organization is happy that the rule has attracted President Uhuru Kenyatta’s support evidenced during the recent public office appointments, where out of 345 officials proposed to join various parastatal boards, 114 are female.
As the oldest women’s rights organization in Eastern Africa, FIDA Kenya is seen as a defender of women human rights at the national, regional and international level.