Statute

STATUTE INTERNATIONAL FORUM FOR WOMEN

Section I
INTRODUCTION

Art. 1

The Association "International Forum for Women", hereinafter called "the Association", shall be constituted in compliance with, inter alia, the Polish Act "Laws Governing Associations (7 April 1989)".

Art. 2

The Association shall function within the boundaries of the Republic of Poland and abroad, in compliance with local laws.

Art. 3

The Association shall be deemed to located in Warsaw, the capital city of Poland.

Art. 4

The Association may be a member of other associations in Poland and abroad.

Art. 5

The Association shall possess legal status.

Section II
THE AIMS OF THE ASSOCIATION AND THE MEANS OF REALISING THEM

Art. 6

The aims of the Association shall be:

  1. to be proactive in promoting the growing participation of women in economic life, in particular by lending support to women operating business ventures, and by actively promoting the participation of women in the economic transformations in Poland and other post-Communist countries,
  2. to create and develop positive role models for women managers,
  3. to create and promote education programmes in economics,
  4. to promote study by the Warsaw School of Economics and other seats of learning of the problems faced by women,
  5. to develop international and inter-environmental contacts between women,
  6. to create conditions conducive to the professional and social acceptance of members of the Association.

Art. 7

The Association shall realise its aims by:

  1. initiating discussion and study and organising scientific seminars within the academic and economic environments, the mass media and women's organisations,
  2. publishing and issuing the scientific quarterly journal "Kobieta i Biznes" (Women and Business),
  3. patronage of the American-Polish Library for Businesswomen operating alongside the Warsaw School of Economics,
  4. securing funding for a scientific programme by the Warsaw School of economics directed by the International Forum for Women.

Wymienione działania stanowią nieodpłatną lub odpłatną działalność Organizacji.

Art. 8

§1. The Association shall depend for its functioning upon the voluntary work of its members.

§2. In order to realise its aims the Association may from tme to time employ persons from outside the ranks of its membership.

Section III
CONTROL OF THE ASSOCIATION

Art. 9

The Association shall be controlled by: the General Meeting of Members, the Management Committee and the Board of Control.

Art. 10

§1

  1. The General Meeting of Members shall be the highest authority of the Association.
  2. General Meetings of Members shall be either Ordinary or Extraordinary.

§2

  1. The Ordinary General Meeting of Members shall take place once a year and shall be called by the Management Committee.
  2. Extraordinary general meetings of Members shall be called either by the Management Committee on its own initiative, or by application from the Board of Control, or by application from at least one tenth of the members attending a General Meeting of Members.
  3. Extraordinary General Meetings of Members shall be scheduled not earlier than one month after the date on which the application for such meeting is received.

§3

  1. Resolutions passed by a General Meeting of Members shall be binding only if at least two thirds of members are present on the due date when it is called for the first time, or regardless of the number of members present on the due date when it is called for the second time.
  2. Resolutions not appearing on the agenda previously distributed to mem#bers may be raised by a General Meeting only if more than half the members of the Association are present. However, organisational matters, discharge and election of officers of the Organisation, constitutional amendments and winding up of the Association shall not be raised under such circumstances.
  3. Resolutions appertaining to amendments to this Constitution and winding up of the Association shall be raised in accordance with Articles 25 and 26. Constitutional amendments shall come into force immediately following their registration.
  4. Each and every member of the Association shall have one vote in a General Meeting of Members.

§4

Only General Meetings of Members shall be competent to deal with the following matters:

  1. determination of direction of the Association's activities,
  2. election of the Management Committee,
  3. election of the Board of Control,
  4. granting votes of acceptance to the Management Committee after re#ceiving reports from the Board of Control,
  5. ratification of constitutional amendments,
  6. consideration of resolutions from the Management Committee in matters appertaining to the exclusion and termination of membership.
  7. according and terminating honorary membership,
  8. winding up of the Association.

Art. 11

§1

The Management Committee shall consist of two to four members, including the President and Treasurer.

§2

The Management Committee shall be elected by a General Meeting of Members. The term of office of the Management Committee shall be two years; the same members of the Management Committee may be elected to successive Management Committees without restriction. The term of office of the inaugural Management Committee shall be one year.

§3

The following matters shall fall within the competence of the Mana#gement Committee:

  • direction of the Association's activities,
  • representation of the Association to the outside world and fixing the level of membership subscriptions,
  • moving resolutions appertaining to gain and loss of membership,
  • calling ordinary and extraordinary General meetings of members,
  • implementation of resolutions passed by a General Meeting of Members.

§4

Authority to make statements of intent and give signatures on behalf of the Association shall be vested in a minimum of two members of the Management Committee acting jointly.

§5

The Chairperson of the Management Committee (President of the Association) shall call Management Committee meetings from time to time as necessary, but no less often than quarterly.

§6

The Management Committee shall decide issues by simple majority vote, the Chairperson having the casting vote in the event of a tie.

§7

The Management Committee and/or Board of Control shall be em#powered to co-opt persons as necessary to augment their number, but the number of co-opted new members shall not exceed the number of elected officers.

Art. 12

§1. The Board of Control shall be the body of internal control of the Association.

§2. The Board of Control shall be empowered to review the totality of the activities of the Association. Such review shall take place not less often than annually at a General Meeting of Members.

§3. The Board of Control may submit proposals appertaining to the functioning of the Association to the Management Committee. The Management Committee shall respond to such proposals without delay.

§4. The Board of Control shall be elected by a General Meeting of Members.

§5. The Board of Control shall consist of three members, one of their number a Chairperson who shall direct its activities.

§6. The term of office of the Board of Control shall be two years. The term of office of the inaugural Board of Control shall be one year.

§7. The Board of Control shall submit a report of its activities to the General Meeting of Members.

Art. 13

The governing bodies of the Association shall pass their own resolutions by simple majority vote unless specified otherwise.

Section IV
MEMBERSHIP

Art. 14

The membership of the Association shall consist of:

  • honorary members,
  • sustaining members.

Art. 15

§1. Ordinary membership shall be open to all women, citizens of the Republic of Poland and other countries.

§2. The proper body to deal with intake of new members shall be the Management Committee.

§3. The Management Committee shall only consider written applications for membership supported by a recommendation from two introducing members, and shall decide by majority vote within three months of the receipt of such application.

Art. 16

§1. Honorary membership is open to persons who by their activities have made significant contributions towards the realisation of the Association's aims.

§2. The proper body to confer honorary membership shall be a General Meeting of Members acting in response to a proposal from the Management Committee. The General Meeting of Members shall decide on the matter by simple majority vote.

Art. 17

§1. Sustaining membership of the Association is open to persons or corporate bodies that recognise the aims of the Association and/or are interested in its growth, and lend it support either financially or in other material forms.

§2. The proper body to decide whether to accept a candidate for sustaining membership shall be the Management Committee acting in response to a proposal by a member of the Association.

Section V
RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS OF MEMBERS

Art. 18

§1. Ordinary members of the Association shall be entitled to:

  • stand for election to office in the Association either actively or passively,
  • address meetings and submit proposals on Association matters,
  • participate in enterprises organised by the Association,
  • collegial help organised by the Association,
  • wear the insignia of the Association.

§2. Honorary members have all the entitlements listed in Art. 18. ss. 1. above, except the right to stand for election to office of the Association.

§3. Sustaining members shall be entitled to:

  1. participate in General Meetings of Members in an advisory capacity,
  2. address meetings and submit proposals,
  3. participate in enterprises organised by the Association,
  4. collegial help organised by the Association.

Art. 19

§1. Ordinary and honorary members shall be obliged to:

  1. realise the aims of the Association,
  2. comply with the provissions of this Constitution an resolutions passed by the Officers of the Association,
  3. abide by the principles of collegial co-operation,
  4. regularly pay their membership dues at the levels determined by the Management Committee.

§2. Sustaining members shall be obliged to pay their membership dues regularly.

Section VI
TERMINATION OF MEMBERSHIP

Art. 20

Ordinary membership shall be deemed to be terminated in consequence of:

  • voluntary resignation submitted in writing to the Officers of the Association,
  • exclusion from the Association in consequence of serious breaches of this Constitution and resolutions passed by the Association,
  • enforced cancellation of membership through failure to pay dues for a period exceeding one year.

Art. 21

§1. Exclusion or cancellation shall be effected by means of a resolution by the Management Committee.

§2. Resolutions to exclude a member or cancel a membership shall be preceded by a written notice outlining the infraction in detail.

§3. Ordinary members are entitled to appeal against a resolution to exclude them or cancel their memberships to a General Meeting of Members within thirty days of the passing of the resolution.

§4. Appeals shall be heard by the next scheduled General Meeting of Members.

Art. 22

Honorary membership shall be deemed to be terminated in consequence of:

  1. voluntary resignation submitted in writing to the Officers of the Association,
  2. exclusion by a General Meeting of Members following persistent breaches of this Constitution.

Art. 23

Sustaining membership shall be deemed to be terminated in consequence of:

  1. voluntary resignation submitted in writing to the Officers of the Association,
  2. exclusion by the Management Committee of the Association.
  3. resolutions to exclude a sustaining member shall be preceded by a written notice.

Section VII
FINANCIAL

Art. 24

§1. The activities of the Association shall be financed from the following sources:

  1. members' subscriptions,
  2. donations from individuals and corporations, legacies and bequests,
  3. state grants,
  4. business activity for the purpose of supporting the stated aims of the Association.

§2. In the event that the Association is wound up, the disposition of the estate shall be decided by a General Meeting of Members.

Section VIII
MISCELLANEOUS

Art. 25

Constitutional amendments shall take the form of resolutions presented to a General Meeting of Members and shall require a majority of at least 2/3 with at least 2/3 of members attending the first time it is called, and regardless of the number of members attending the second time it is called, to be passed.

Art. 26

The Association may be wound up by means of a resolution presented to a General Meeting of Members and passed by a majority of at least 2/3 with at least 2/3 of members attending the first time it is called, and regardless of the number of members attending the second time it is called.