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AOIFE Statutes

Article 1: Name

1.1. The name of the Association is AOIFE, the Association of Institutions for Feminist Education and Research in Europe.

1.2. The name of the Association in other languages is determined by standing orders.

Article 2: The AOIFE secretariat

2.1. The Association has an administrative centre called the AOIFE Secretariat.

2.2. The Council determines the location of the AOIFE Secretariat in accordance with the objectives of the Association.

Article 3: Objectives

The Association's objectives are:

3.1. To organise an institutional structure for feminist education and research in Europe which links institutions of further and higher education as well as research institutions, documentation and resource centres interested in the subject area, with the purpose of dealing with issues of common European interest.

3.2. To work towards European co-operation, providing its members with a European forum for the discussion of new ideas in feminist education and research. It will also promote the dissemination of information on community programmes relevant to the subject area, by using the existing information channels of the field.

3.3. The proposed institutional structure will aim at promoting co-operation and exchanges at the following levels:

a) Among students and staff in feminist education and research, so as to ensure the development of this field throughout Europe. In this respect, special emphasis will be placed on the development of multicultural perspectives in a European context

b) Between institutions and professional organisations and networks in the field of women's studies and/or of equal opportunities, this includes libraries, documentation centres, information services, and archives dedicated to feminist research and information on women;

c) Between the universities and all European Commission services dealing with the position of women in higher education, the position of women working at the Commission, and the Unit for Equal Opportunities, in view of concrete co-operation on specific projects;

d) Between the universities and European agencies other than the European Commission and relevant international agencies as deemed appropriate by the Council.

Article 4 Membership

4.1. There are two types of membership: 'Institutional' and 'Associate'.

4.2. Institutional membership may be accorded to universities, institutions of further and higher education, as well as research institutions, documentation and resource centres.

4.3. Associate membership may be accorded to national, regional, professional and European associations and other groups for feminist education and research.

4.4. Membership is accorded by the Council, which will annually inform the members of the current list of members.

Article 5: Termination of Membership

5.1. Membership is terminated

a) By means of a letter of resignation to the AOIFE Secretariat from the chief officer of the member,

b) Where a member fails to remit the annual membership fee, or

c) Where a member does not comply with the requirements of membership

5.2. Termination of the membership, either by the member or by the Association may only take place at the end of the Association's financial year.

However, membership may be terminated with immediate effect if either the Association or the member cannot reasonably be expected to continue membership.

5.3. If termination of membership by the Association is repudiated by the member concerned, the member may take the case to the General Assembly, which will decide on termination as a last resort.

Article 6: Annual Membership Fee

6.1. The members are obliged to pay an annual membership fee to be determined by the General Assembly. Institutional and associate membership fees may differ.

6.2. In special cases, the Council is entitled to grant complete or partial exemption from the obligation to pay the annual membership fee.

Article 7: Governing Bodies of the Association

The governing bodies of the association are the General Assembly and the Council.

Article 8: General Assembly

8.1. The General Assembly consists of institutional members and associate members.

8.2. Each institutional member is entitled to attend the meeting, to address the General Assembly, to present proposals, as well as to cast one vote.

Each associate member is entitled to attend and address the General Assembly, but does not have the right to vote.

8.3. All sessions of the General Assembly are open to all members except for such items on the agenda in which protection of person-related data, as in a debate on candidates for office, requires exclusion.

8.4. Prior to the meeting each member shall inform the Council which person exercises the right to vote in the General Assembly.

8.5. Considering that the General Assembly may be held only every three years, in the interim period and when deemed necessary by the Council, decisions can be made by postal vote.

Article 9: Powers and Procedures of the General Assembly

9.1. The General Assembly is entitled to the following powers:

a) The election of the Council.

b) The making of amendments to the articles of the Association.

c) The approval of the annual membership fees, determination of fees.

d) The approval of the annual accounts.

e) The liquidation of the Association.

9.2. The General Assembly is entitled to all the powers not having been bestowed on the Council by virtue of the law or the articles of the Association.

9.3. Resolutions may be adopted with a majority of votes unless stipulated otherwise by law or the articles of the Association.

Article 10: Convocation of the General Assembly

The General Assembly shall be convened by the Council, as often as it deems necessary, or upon the request of at least 20% of the members. In any case, the convocation shall take place every third year, and submitted in writing to the address registered in the membership list. The term of the convocation shall be at least three months in advance of the meeting.

Article 11: The Council of the Association

11.1. The council consists of 6-9 regular members, and 2-9 replacements to be elected from the institutional members for a period of three years. Each Council member may be elected for two consecutive terms. Each institutional member may only have one regular member on the Council. The Association will strive for a balanced representation of the different regions on the Council as well as a balanced representation of disciplines. The Council replacements are only present at meetings in the absence of regular Council members.

11.2. The Association has an elected President and a Vice-President who chairs the Council and speak on behalf of the organisation. The President and the Vice President are elected by and from the Council for a period of three years and may be elected for two consecutive terms. The election takes place at the first meeting of the Council after the General Assembly.

11.3 The persons in charge of AOIFE's main activities (secreteriat and EU projects) are invited by the council to participate in council meetings as ex officio members without the vote.

Article 12: Council Duties

12.1. The Council is entrusted with the Association's administration, including the administration of the Association's funds and other properties. In particular, the AOIFE Secretariat is entrusted with:

a) Daily routines and administrative work,

b) The affairs delegated to it by the Council,

c) The affairs falling within the scope of the budget authorised by the Council.

12.2. Judicially and extra judicially, the Association is only represented by the Council acting jointly.

12.3. The Council's resolutions are adopted with a majority of votes.

12.4. By means of a written resolution, the General Assembly may stipulate that the Council decisions described by the General Assembly in that written resolution may not be taken without the General Assembly's prior consent.

12.5. The quorum is 5 of the members of the Council.


Article 13: Annual Report and Annual Accounts

13.1. The Association's financial year is 1 January - 31 December.

13.2. The Council is obliged to keep the account of the Association's rights and obligations and these may be derived from the records at all times.

13.3. Within six months from the end of the financial year of the Association, the Council will publish its annual report, a balance sheet and a profit-and-loss statement, and give account of the administrative work performed in the preceding financial year.

Article 14: Amendment to the Articles of the Association

Amendments to the articles of the Association require the agreement of two-thirds of the members of the association.

Article 15: Liquidation

15.1. The liquidation of the Association requires the agreement of three-quarters of the members of the association.

15.2. The credit balance after the settlement shall fall to those who are members at the time of the resolution to liquidate. However, when adopting the resolution to liquidate, the credit balance may be allocated for other uses as decided upon at the last General Assembly. Members risk losing only their membership fees.


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