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Imo FIDA seeks support to prosecute pro bono cases for indigent women, children

By Collins Osuji, Owerri
21 November 2022   |   3:17 am
Imo State chapter of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) has urged good-spirited individuals, non-governmental and corporate organisations, among others,

Imo State chapter of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) has urged good-spirited individuals, and non-governmental and corporate organisations, among others, to partner with the association in its efforts to promote, preserve and protect rights of women and children, especially the vulnerable. 

This was as the association had, during its just concluded week, held Yard Sales and Exhibition Fair as a means to raise fund to prosecute pro bono cases for indigent women and children.

Speaking during the event, the Imo FIDA Chairperson, Ndidi Val-Okeoma, reiterated that the association, under her leadership, would remain committed to the protection, promotion and preservation of women and child rights in the state.

She disclosed that within the year, the association had handled over 70 cases with issues ranging from domestic violence, child defilement, wrongful widowhood practices, and much more.

She said: “Again, this year, FIDA Imo negotiated the discharge of three minors at the Specialist Hospital, Umuguma, who could not be released as a result of unpaid huge hospital bills. 

“We have collaborated with the police to institute arrests of offenders, and are still prosecuting cases in court using the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Law. These and many more are the ways in which Imo FIDA has remained a voice for the voiceless.”

“One of the major challenges in association is funding. The very noble FIDANS who attend our legal clinic to handle cases do so at their own expense, because, in FIDA, we live a life of sacrifice. 

“However, while we groan, although gracefully, under the weight of self-funding our projects to touch lives; we solicit support and partnership from all and sundry to enable us carry out our humanitarian services for overall well-being of the society.”

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