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									          Volunteerism International Women Education Development
                   ”V.I.D.E.S.”, International Association
                                1090 Brussels
                      Identification Number:16990/91



1.NAME. The Founding Members have established a non-profit organization to be known
as “V.I.D.E.S.”. The initials of the association refer to the Italian name “Volontariato
Internazionale Donne Education Sviluppo”, i.e. “V.I.D.E.S.”. This association was
originally constituted on October 24, 1991 according to the Belgian Law of October 25,
1919 that agreed upon the civil character of international associations that pursue
philanthropic, religious, scientific, artisitic, or pedagogical, laws thereafter modified. Its
modified statutes of October 24, 1994 were approved August 7, 1995. The association
upholds the dispositions of Title III of the Belgian Law of June 27, 1921 of non-profit
associations, international non-profit associations and foundations.

2. HEADQUARTERS. The legal headquarters is in Belgium at 1083 Brussels, rue Rue
Victor Lowet 12. It is situated in the judicial ordinance of Brussels. It can be moved to
another location in Belgium in accordance with the decision of the Executive Board with
a reservation of publication in the enclosures of the Belgian Moniteur. The association
also has the possibility to open headquarters in other locations and countries in the
European Community and outside Europe according to the decision of the Executive

3.PURPOSE and ACTIVITY. The association has the following non-profit purposes of
international benefit:
     Promote the protagonism of youth in the world of volunteerism
     Promote, sustain, and offer activity of study, research, experimentation, and
        formation in the field of youth volunteerism
     Promote studies reguarding the rights of women in developing coutnries
     Serve the connection among associates and other organizations that have the
        same purpose
     Promote education programs for development and social voluntary service on
        behalf of marginalized youth
     Represent organizations in compliance with institutions of the European
        Community on all the matters relative to the goal defined above
     Aid the development of European and international cooperation among
        associates and adherent organizations
     Coordinate with the help of the Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (FMA)
        activities and initiatives to achieve by means of voluntary service the promotion of
        women, especially for those most marginalized


4. Qualities of a member
The Association is composed of people, groups, and legal persons legally established
according to laws and uses of their country of origin.

    Consisting of:
 Effective Members
 Honorary Members
a) Effective Members are: Physical persons or legal bodies legally appointed. Every
    member accepts the present statutes, commits to partecipate in the achievement of the
    social purpose, commits to contribute annually to the established fee of the General
    Assembly, according to the proposal of the Executive Board. The nomination of a new
    member will be accepted by the decision of the Executive Board.
b) Honorary Members are: Persons, associations that are distinguished particularly
to contribute to the attainment of goals similar and in agreement with the goals of the
Association and who are nominated are confirmed by the Executive Board. They are not
entitled to vote and they do not contribute a membership fee.

5. Admission, resignation, exclusion
    The title of member can be lost because of:
 resignation
 death
 exclusion

Exclusion is to be proposed by the Executive Council, after having heard the concerned at
least in writing, and eventually must be pronounced at the General Assembly for serious
motives by a majority of two-thirds of the present members or representatives.
The members may give their resignation with the following conditions: through a
recommendation letter to the president, this letter should be received by the president at
least two weeks before the annual General Assembly.
The member that through death or serious motives ceases to be part of the association does
not have any right to the social fund.


6. Structure
The General Assembly is composed of all the effective members, from the members of the
Executive Council that are are members of right of the general assembly, and, through invite,
of the honorary members. It is presided by the President of the Executive Council or, in his
or her absence, by another member designated by the Assembly.

7. Mode of convocation.
The General Assembly ordinarily meets, if possibile, at least one time per year through the
convocation of the Executive Board.
The convocation including the order of the day, the location, the date and the time of the
meeting should be sent to each associate at least 30 days bifore the meeting, sent by lette,r
fax, email, or any other method of communication. The General Assembly will be
convocated when the Executive Council considers it opportune or when there is a request by
at least a fifth of the associates.
The General Assembly will be convocated outside of the legal headquarters.

8. Functions
The General Assembly has full authority to achieve the goals and the associated activities.
Among the assignments of the General Assembly there are in a particolar way the following:

   The approval of the activity relations and the conformity of these with the associative
   The approval of the estimate and final annual budgets

   assignment of advisers and eventually members of the committee)
   The election of the Executive Council, the retraction of the advisors and eventually the
   Modification of the Statutes;
   The determination of the membership fees;
   The exclusion of a member;
   The dissolution or merger of the Association
   The adoption of a regulation for internal order

9. Mode of deliberation
No decision will be made by the General Assembly about an argument not scheduled in the
order of the day unless the Assembly unanimously pronounces in favor of a modification to
the order of that same day.
The Assembly also nominates a secretary and, according to the necessity, two or more

It is up to the President of the General Assembly to verify the regularity of the powers of the
participants and their right to intervention in assembly.
Of the reunion of the Assembly comes edited a signed statement from the President, from
the secretary and eventually from the scrutineers.
The decisions in Assembly are made by a simple majority and with the presence of at least
half of the associates and representatives, except in the case in which the decisions concern
the modification of the statutes and the dissolution of the association which requires two
thirds of the votes of those that have the right.
Every member has the use of one vote and the maximum power of two proxy.
If half is not present at the first convocation, there will be a second convocationat which the
decisions will be valid if those present and represented are at least one-third of the

10. Every member can be represented by another member of the association, also if a
member of the Executive Council, through a written statement. Every participant at
Assembly will not represent more than two absent members.
The elections, revocations and exclusions are made by secret vote. To procede through a
secret vote also in other accosions through a request of the President or through a request
of at least a fifth of the members present or represented.

11. The words of the decisions of the General Assembly will be written in a register
deposited at the head office of the Association and remains available to members.

 12. Condiitions for the modification of the Statutes and the dissolution and liquidation of the
 Statutes may be modified by the General Assembly through a proposal by the Executive
 Council or through a written request by at least one-fifth of the effective members. The
 modifying proposals will be made known to the members at least one month bifore. The
 modifications of the statutes must be presented to the Minister of Justice and be published
 through the enclosures of the Belgian Moniteur.
The General Assembly will determine the mode of dissolution of the assembly and its
liquidation. It will nominate one or more liquidators and any determinations of powers. The
liquidator will decide the destination of the goods of the association, the goods will be
supplied as a priority to a similar non-profit association.

IV. Executive Council

13. Functions

The Executive Council

The Executive Council is the body responsible for the promotion and execution of the corse
of the general programs established by the Assembly.
The Executive Council has all the powers of managment and administration, with the
approval of the General Assembly.
It will delegate the ordinary management to its president, to one or more advisors or to one
or more appointed to which will have the powers.
It will also bestow under its responsibility fixed and special powers to one or more persons.

14. Composition
The Executive Council is composed of 3 to 15 members elected by the General Assembly.
It must have among its members a representative from the Salesians of Don Bosco
The advisors are nominated for the duration of four renewable years and their mandate will
end with resignation, death or revocation on the part of the General Assembly.
The revocation is pronounced by the General Assembly through the proposal of at least half
of the members of the Executive Council.
In the case a member fails in the corse of their mandate the executive council will procede in
provisional way for the substitution until the end of their mandate.
The Executive Council elects itself a President, a Director General, a Secretary General, a
Treasurer and an Advisor whose functions are clarified in the Internal Regulations.

15. Mode of convocation
The Executive Council meets two times per year or at the request of at least a third of its
members. It is convocated by the President. The convocation is conveyed by letter, fax,

16. Mode of decision
The decisions are made with a simple majority. The meetings of the Council are valid
provided that there are present at least half of the members. In the case of a tie, the vote of
the President is predominant.
The decisions must be kept in the statement records in the head office of the Association.

17. Extension of powers
The judiciary actions, for defense as well as the query, are followed by the executive board in
the person of the President or by an advisor designated for the purpose.
The Executive Council has among its jurisdiction all this that is related jurisdiction of the
The Executive Council will be able to represent and engage the Association without
particular authorization by the General Assembly.

18. Representation of the Association
All acts that are engage the Association are signed by the President of the Executive Council
or by the delgate Advisor of the Executive Council.
The Executive Council can delegate their assignments to an office for daily managment of
the Association. It will be able to grant every general or special mission to the management
with the use of signature.

19. Budget and Accounts
The accounting period begins January 1 and concludes December 31.
In conformity to article 53 of the Law, the final statement as well as the budget plan are
established by the Council every year and are put before the approval of the General
Assembly in the nearest reunion.

a) Account Auditing Commission

    the managment of the Association is controlled every year, before the General
    Assembly, by an Account Auditing Commission composed of two effective members
    chosen by the General Assembly. The members of the commission are elected for three
    years and are re-eligible for appointment.
b) Resources
The resources of the association are consituted in this way:
 Dues of effective members
 Annual contributions from fixed adherent members of the General Assembly
 Donations, endowments, grants, donations and other resources consistent with the law;
 Contributions pertaining to convention stipulations with private or public agencies,
    national or international for the fulfillment of the scope of the association.
c) General dispositions
    The General Assembly approves an Internal Regulation proposed by the Executive
    Council that makes precise the conditions of application of the present Statute

20. All of the controversies and contestations that could rise among the members, among
the members and the advisors, on the dependance of the interpretation and putting into
practice the present Statutes, will be corrected without the formality of procedure, hearing
both parts, using three arbitrators (each part choosing its own arbitrator, and the third
arbitrator one nominated by the other two arbitrators).

21. All this that is not forseen in these present statutes and particularly the publications to be
done through enclosures of the Belgian Moniteur, will be regulated according to the
dispositions of the law.


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