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Digitalise legal practice in Nigeria-FIDA

…Celebrates International Women’s Day

The International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) has called for the digitalisation of the legal practice in Nigeria, saying that it will give more female lawyers the opportunity to involve in the country’s governance.

FIDA made the call in a statement signed by the National President, Rhoda Prevail Tyoden and National Publicity Secretary Eliana Martins, in commemoration of the 2019 International Women Day celebration on Friday 7th March, 2019.

The group said one of the ways to bring innovation into the law practice in Nigeria is to involve technology into the process of the practice.

“FIDA Nigeria is proposing that one way we can innovate for change in the legal sector is to take a more digital approach to the practice of law in Nigeria. If we take a more technological approach to legal practice in Nigeria, the ease and speed of working will be increased and more women will be able to take advantage of it and attain higher positions.

“With more legal technology, more people would be able to work digitally and we would be able to reform the 8.00am to 8.00pm work hours, which most law firms in Nigeria are indirectly operating.

“The legal profession in Nigeria must realise that technology and process are now just as important as legal expertise in the delivery of legal services. The legal sector must begin to think equal and innovate for change. Clients now want to be able to report their cases virtually or request their legal agreements virtually.

“It also saves them the time and energy. Case law and Statute can also be made more easily accessible if they are moved online. FIDA Nigeria is looking to make this digital move and develop a web application through which women and children can report their cases of abuse and violation and access FIDANs and FIDA partner contacts. This app is part of our efforts to “think equal, build smart and innovate for change” and so if you would like to get involved, please contact us,” they said.

FIDA said the theme of the 2019 Women’s Day celebration “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change”, focuses on the innovative ways we can advance gender equality and the empowerment of women, particularly in the areas of social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure

“The achievement of the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires transformative shifts, integrated approaches and new solutions, particularly when it comes to advancing gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.

“FIDA Nigeria celebrates our great and courageous women achievers at all levels, who, against all odds, are breaking chains, pushing boundaries, climbing ladders and standing tall in all sectors of society. These women through their doggedness, perseverance and sheer determination are helping to close the gap in and promoting gender parity while facilitating in building a gender balanced world.

“We celebrate women who have seized the moment and are creating pathways to enable better balancing …great mentors, great persons of influence touching lives and impacting positively. More women are participating in the political process, vying for and taking up appointments and key positions of leadership, however a very small percentage are given the opportunity to succeed in the very rough terrain,” FIDA said.

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