History

FIDA International

In 1944, a group of Latin American and North American women lawyers, headed by Dr. Filomena Quintana of Chile, Dr. Ester Tamalmontes of Mexico and Dr. Rosalinda Goodrich Bates of USA (FIDA President Emeritus), bonded together in Mexico City and organized themselves into what has since been known as the Federacion Internacional de Abogadas (FIDA), also known as �Federacion Internacionale de Femmes Jurites� or �International Federation of Women Lawyers�.

Lofty objectives of that pristine group of abogadas were to contribute to the promotion of cordial international relations on the bases of equality and mutual respect of all peoples, obviously inspired by the global conflict at the time; to promote and enhance the welfare of women and children; and to encourage the study of comparative law to promote better comprehension of peoples from different parts of the world.

In 1954, the international organization was accorded consultative status by the United Nations. I ts headquarters has since been based in New York City and has more or less seventy two (72) member countries, including the Philippines.

FIDA Philippine Branch

Inspired by the worthy aspirations of the women lawyers across the seas, some fifteen (15) illustrious and prominent Filipino women lawyers grouped themselves to echo and translate into action in our shores the ideals and vision for which the International Federation was formed.

In 1960, a brilliant lawyer and popular politician of her time, the late Josefina Phodaca-Ambrosio, was elected as the first FIDA International President. This earned for us the right to host the Eleventh International FIDA Convention and the official recognition as full-pledged organization.

Thus, FIDA Philippines, Inc. was incorporated and registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission in 1960. The incorporators were Josefina Phodaca-Ambrosio, Pacita de los Reyes-Philips, Corazon Juliano-Agrava, Ameurfina Melencio-Herrerra, Agustina Rosette-Navarro, Carolina Basa-Salazar, Medina Lacson-de Leon, Milagros German, Remedios Nufable-Gatmaitan, Lumen R. Policarpio, Pilar Perez-Nable, Lilia de Jesus-Sevilla. Magdalena Lapus-Lazaro, Gregoria Cruz-Arnaldo and Remedios Mijares-Austria.

Pacita de los Reyes-Philips became first in a succession of FIDA, Philippine Branch presidents. Succeeding her were Ameurfina Melencio-Herrera, Remedios Mijares-Austria, Lumen R. Policarpio, Lourdes E. Bengzon, Rosario N. Lopez, Lily C. Limpe, Lilia B. de Lima, Merceditas Navarro-Gutierrez and at present Elizabeth R. Padron.

FIDA, Philippine Branch is ably represented in all international biennial conventions in Nigeria, Malaysia, Hamburg (Germany), Santiago (Chile), New Mexico, Hong Kong, Paris, Australia, Nairobi (Kenya) and Washington D.C.

A giant step made by FIDA, Philippine Branch is its worthy partnership with Trade Union of the Philippines (TUCP) and the American Center for International Labor Solidarity (Solidarity Center) in the USAID funded Solidarity for Justice Coalition Project and the Delivery of Justice to Disadvantaged Women Project (DAW).


What is FIDA?
FIDA stands for Federacion Internacional de Abogadas or International Federation of Women Lawyers. It was founded in 1944. Today, it has about 72 member countries and is accorded consultative status by the United Nations.

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