International Federation of Women Lawyers
FIDA is an international Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) in consultative status with the economic and social council of the United Nations (ECOSOC). Organised in 1944 at Mexico City, the group was originally known officially by its Spanish name, Federacion Internacional de Abogadas. Its mission is to promote the welfare of women and children and the principle and aims of the United Nations in their legal and social aspects. FIDA obtained UN Consultative status in 1954. FIDA consists of individual members and affiliate organisations. Individual members must be women admitted to the practice of law in their respective countries. Affiliate organisations have been established in 73 countries in all 5 continents of the world. FIDA holds national, regional and international conferences and a biennial congress held in the country of the current president. Presidency is rotated around the five continents of the world.