Constitution of the International Federation for Home Economics

Statutes of the International Federation for Home Economics e.V. (Translation from German original)

Following the tradition of the Internationaler Verband für Hauswirtschaft, in international legal relations also referred to as International Federation for Home Economics (established in Fribourg, Switzerland, on 1st October 1908).

The International Federation for Home Economics (IFHE) first existed as an association under Swiss law and later under French law. Since 2001, IFHE has had its headquarters in Bonn as an association under German law. Following the transfer of its administrative headquarters to Bonn the Federation was transformed into a registered association under German law with a separate legal entity. This newly established IFHE fully and without interruption carried on all tasks, functions and structures of the existing IFHE. After the foundation of the new Federation the members of the old IFHE became members of the International Federation for Home Economics e.V.

For this purpose the signatories as representatives of the IFHE's Regions and as Officers of both the existing and the future IFHE set up the association International Federation for Home Economics e. V.

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Organisation Chart of the International Federation for Home Economics

Structure of the Federation

The Federation shall consist of regional member associations (regional associations) which may have legal status. Regional associations need to be acknowledged by the Executive Committee.

They shall have at least 20 full members. Exceptions to this rule shall be subject to the approval of the Executive Committee. The traditional regions of "Africa", "Americas", "Asia", "Europe", and "Pacific" (Regions), which have existed for decades, shall continue and be considered acknowledged. The Executive Committee shall, after prior hearing of the regions concerned, decide with two-thirds majority about the borders of these regions or about the possible division of a region for the purpose of establishing new regions.

Statutory Bodies of the Federation

The Federation shall have the following statutory bodies:

  1. General Assembly
  2. Council
  3. Executive Committee
  4. Officers.

IFHE Mission Statement

The mission of the International Federation for Home Economics is to provide an international forum for Home Economists to develop and express the Home Economics concerns for individuals, families and households at the United Nations and among other international non - governmental Organisations whose interests parallel those of Home Economics.

The ultimate goal of the Federation is the improvement of the quality of everyday life for individuals, families and households through the management of their resources.

Its Aims shall be:

  1. To promote human rights and the universal values of households and families as environments within which individuals are assisted to reach their full potential and to acknowledge their global interdependence.
  2. To promote awareness that

      a) families and households are the prime nurturin environments for every human being, and

      b) mental, physical, psychological and emotional family well-being is the basic infrastucture for all other forms of social and economic development.

  1. To emphasise the social, economic and environmental impact of the management of every day life of individuals, families and households.
  2. To promote the concept of families and households as operating within a larger social, economic and physical environment with a myriad of exchanges between individuals and these larger environments on a daily basis.
  3. To press for a recognition of the need for education for home and family life in all of the above areas for all age levels and in all societies.
  4. To develop positions on issues within the focus and expertise of Home Economics and to emphasise the importance of these at the local, regional, national and international levels.
  5. To support and cooperate in action taken by other organisations in respect of social issues of concern to the membership and the focus of IFHE.
  6. To support research in areas relevant to Home Economics (individual, household and family issues related to the satisfaction of physical and psychological needs) which expand the understanding of the ecological view of individuals, families and households in the larger environment.

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