Founded in 1908

The Federation traces its beginnings to an international congress on Home Economics Education held Switzerland in 1908. The aim was to attract attention to the value of domestic work done by women and the importance of their education. As the teaching of Home Economics was still in its infancy in many countries, the congress also provided Home Economists with an opportunity to exchange.

Despite the difficulties of travel and comunication, the event attracted 750 participants from 20 countries. Based on a feeling of shared purpose, the decision was made to form an international body for Home Economics. The International Office of Home Economics was established in Fribourg, Switzerland.

 


IFHE World Congresses 1908-2016

YearPlaceCountries representedNumber of ParticipantsCongress Themes
I1908Fribourg
Switzerland
20750The Training of Economics Teachers. Necessity of involving the greatest number of girls in Home Economics Education
II1913Ghent
Belgium
27600Home Economics in Elementary and Intermediate schools and for adults
III1922Paris
France
352,000Methods of town and rural Home Management Teaching
IV1927Rome
Italy
341,500Role of Home Economics from the social standpoint. Taylorism in the organisation of household work
V1934Berlin
Germany
23900Home Management Teaching must use all sciences and requires a rational organisation of domestic work
VI1939Copenhagen
Denmark
24400Restoration or conservation of intellectual, moral, social and economic inheritance of countries by women's education
VII1949Stockholm
Sweden
22700Adaption of Home Economics teaching methods to the psychological development of young people
VIII1953Edinburgh
United Kingdom
551,250Home Economics at the service of life: its contribution to individual and social progress
IX1958Maryland
United States
601,040Education in Home Economics relative to the social and economic conditions of various countries
X1963Paris
France
522,000Home Economics Education to meet changing world conditions and needs: In preserving the inherent values of family life. In serving the wider society
XI1968Bristol
United Kingdom
621,100Home Economics in the service of national cooperation: sociological, scientific and economic, educational
XII1972Helsinki
Finland
431,000Home Economics, a vital force
XIII1976Ottawa
Canada
531,000Life, not just Survival: Home Economics and te Utilisation of the Worlds Recources
XIV1980Manila
Philippines
541,400Home Economics, a responsible partner in development
XV1984Oslo
Norway
54950Technology and its Effect on Living Conditions
XVI1988Minneapolis
United States
801,400Health for All: Role of Home Economics
XVII1992Hanover
Germany
801,580Focussing on Families and Households: Change and Exchange
XVIII1996Bangkok
Thailand
45830Livig condtions: A global Responsibility
XIX2000Accra
Ghana
37600

A new Century: Focus on the future.
The expanding Role of Home Economics: In developing human resources.
In improving living conditions and fostering human rights.

In advocacy for families and households

XX2004Kyoto
Japan
361,066Cooperation and Interdependence - Fostering Leadership in Home Economics for Healthy Communities
XXI2008Lucerne
Switzerland
541,100Home Economics: Reflecting the Past - Creating the Future
XXII2012Melbourne
Australia
50750Global Wellbeing - Global Creativity and Innovation: Developing Capacities for sustainable Future
XXIII2016Daejeon
Korea
42900Hope & Happiness: The Role of Home Economics in the Pursuit of Hope & Happiness for Individuals and Communities now and in the Future

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Past Presidents (Presidents of Honour)

George PYTHON, Switzerland
1908 - 1927

Ernest PERRIE, Switzerland
1928 - 1932

Joseph PILLER, Switzerland
1933 - 1953

M. de RYCKE-GEERINCKX, Belgium
1954 - 1958

Isobel GIBSON, United Kingdom
1958 - 1963

Leny VOELLMY, Switzerland
1964-1973

Mary ROBERTSON, United Kingdom
1973

Isabel HORNE, Australia
1973 - 1976

Monica TUPAY, Austria
1976 - 1980

Margaret E. FITCH, USA
1980 - 1984

Margaret DALLOWAY, United Kingdom
1984 - 1988

Doris R. BADIR, Canada
1988 - 1992

Maria THIELE-WITTIG, Germany
1992 - 1996

Nancy L. GRANOVSKY, USA
1996 - 2000

Gertraud PICHLER, Austria
2000 - 2004

Lilha LEE, Republic of Korea
2004 - 2008

Geraldene B. HODELIN, Jamaica
2008 - 2012

Carol WARREN, Australia
2012 - 2016

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