About us

The International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA-Ghana) is a non-profit nonpartisan organization committed to addressing discriminatory practices and promoting and protecting the rights of women and children in Ghana. FIDA-Ghana was created in 1968 by a coalition of Ghanaian women lawyers who sought to use the law to improve the lives of women and children. In 1985, FIDA-Ghana established the first legal aid service in Ghana for women and children. These services have now been extended to men. Volunteer lawyers offer counseling, settlement, mediation and court representation to indigent clients across the country.

In 2011 UNESCO said of the organization: “The quality of the work of the IFWL, a professional organization whose geographical extension is fair and representativeness relatively balanced, is undoubted. Admitted to Category C in 1961, it has co-operated with UNESCO since 1953 in the context of the consultative arrangements. It received a financial contribution from UNESCO for organizing the international congress of lawyers (1989). Its co-operation with UNESCO, which is operational in nature, has slackened in the last few years. It might consider drawing closer to NGOs that operate in similar fields.