TERRE DES FEMMES - Human Rights for Women
Non-Profit Association


§ 1 Association Name

The organization is called TERRE DES FEMMES – Menschenrechte für die Frau e.V. It is registered in the register of associations. The registered office of the association is Berlin. The business year is the calendar year.

§ 2 Aim and Purpose

1. TERRE DES FEMMES opposes all forms of human rights violations, which are committed against girls and women because of their affiliation with the female sex, regardless of their denominational, political, ethnic and national origin and their sexual identity. TERRE DES FEMMES stands up for a self-determined and free life for girls and women worldwide. The goal is a gender relationship based on partnership and equality.

2. In order to achieve this objective, TERRE DES FEMMES

  1. educates and continuously informs the public about discrimination, exploitation, abuse and persecution of girls and women,
  2. lobbies for the realization of the human rights of the girls and women,
  3. provides individual case aid.

TERRE DES FEMMES attaches particular importance to this work, as long as, despite formal equality before the law Women-specific human rights violations and human rights violations based on sexual identity insufficient public recognition, documentation and action. Go to To promote these objectives, TERRE DES FEMMES works with other organizations together.

3. TERRE DES FEMMES supports self-help projects that

  1. secure the livelihoods of girls and women,
  2. provide girls and women with advice and counselling on health and legal issues, family planning and education,
  3. offer girls and women the possibility to create a self-determined, free and independent to live life through emancipatory and anti-discriminatory work.
  4. enable the exchange of information on the tasks referred to in (a), (b) and (c). This will provide concrete help for girls and women who became or are under threat to become victims of discrimination, exploitation, mistreatment and persecution on the basis of their affiliation with the female sex or their sexual identity.

The main criterion for aid by TERRE DES FEMMES shall be that the projects are managed in a self-determined way.

§ 3 Non-Profit Status

The association acts altruistically; it does not primarily pursue economic purposes. All means of the association may only be used for the statutory purposes. The members do not receive any grants from the funds of the association.

No person shall be allowed to incur expenses that are alien to the purpose of the corporation, or be favored by disproportionately high remuneration. The association pursues exclusively non-profit and charitable purposes in the sense of the section "tax-privileged purposes" of the German Tax Code.

§ 4 Acquisition and Termination of Membership of the Association

1. Every woman of full age can become a member if she is committed to the aims of the association in solidarity and is committed to their realization. Legal entities may become members of the association under the conditions set out in the first sentence of this section. They may be represented by a woman at the general assembly and each has only one vote.

2. Membership of the association is acquired by written application to the board of directors, which decides on admission. If the application for admission is rejected, the applicant may appeal to the next general assembly against the decision of the board. This meeting decides on the admission.

3. Membership of the association or sponsoring membership ends by resignation, exclusion or, in the case of natural persons, death, in the case of legal persons by their insolvency or dissolution. A member or a supporting member can be removed from the membership list by decision of the board of directors if the payment of dues is in arrears despite two reminders. The cancellation may only be decided after six weeks have elapsed since the second reminder was sent and the contribution debts have not been settled. The member must be informed of the cancellation.

4. Membership of the association or sponsoring membership can be terminated at the end of each quarter. Notice of termination must be submitted to the board in writing four weeks before the end of the quarter.

5. Members or legal entities can be excluded from the association if they violate the interests of the association in a grossly negligent or intentional manner. The executive committee decides on the exclusion. The excluded persons can call the next meeting of the women's committee, which will decide on the exclusion.

§ 5 Membership Fee

The amount and due date of admission fees, association fees/supporting fees and levies are determined by the Female Members' Assembly. In special cases, the board of directors may waive or defer fees, contributions and apportionments in whole or in part.

§ 6 Organs of the association

Organs of the association are:
1. the general assembly
2. the board of directors
3. the honorary chairwomen.

§ 7 Breakdowns

In the association TERRE DES FEMMES there are city groups, university groups and supra-regional working groups. They are dependent subdivisions of the association without legal personality. They can act on their own initiative, but are subject to the authority of the board of directors. The establishment of city groups, university groups and supra-regional working groups requires the approval of the board of directors. In the event of rejection, the general assembly shall decide.

§ 8 General Assemblies

1. The general assembly is the supreme body of the association, in which every member is entitled to vote, whose application for association membership has been received at least four months before the general assembly. Another member may be authorized in writing to exercise the right to vote. However, a member may not represent more than three foreign votes.

2. The general assembly has the following tasks:

  1. The determination of the focal points of TERRE DES FEMMES' work
  2. Election of the women of the board
  3. Receiving annual accounts and annual reports; and relief of the board of directors.

3. The regular general assembly takes place at least once a year. It is convened by the board in writing or electronically. At the same time, the agenda set by the board of directors must be communicated. The notice period is four weeks. Amendments to the statutes and other motions must be submitted to the board six weeks before the date of the meeting and must be announced with the invitation to the meeting.

4. Extraordinary general assemblies can be convened by the board of directors with a notice period of four weeks. They must also be convened if at least one fifth of the members do request so in writing, stating the reasons.

5. The general assembly shall be chaired by the chairwoman of the board or her representative. She may propose a chairwoman, who will be confirmed by the general assembly. Resolutions are passed by the general assembly with a simple majority of the valid votes cast. A majority of two thirds of the valid votes cast is required for amendments to the statutes. A majority of nine tenths of the valid votes cast is required for changes to the purpose of the association and for dissolution of the association. For changes to the statutes that are unavoidable for legal reasons, no resolution of the general assembly is necessary. An unanimous resolution of the board of directors is sufficient in this case.

6. If at least one third of the members present requests so, individual votes shall be taken by secret ballot.

§ 9 The Board of Directors

1. The term of office of the board of directors shall be two years. Re-election is permissible. The board of directors remains in office until the election of a new board of directors.

2. The board of directors consists of a maximum of five persons. At least two, but no more than four board members are elected every two years by the general assembly. The election of the board members is carried out individually, secretly and with a simple majority. In addition to the elected honorary board members, there is also a full-time (managing) board member responsible for the management of the office. The managing director is not entitled to vote on decisions concerning her own affairs and her successor. The office as managing director ends in case of a termination without notice with of termination, otherwise with termination of employment.

3. The executive committee elects a chairwoman from among its members to represent the association in court. She must be an elected member of the board. The chairwoman may be represented by another member of the board. In general, there is sole power of representation.

4. In the event of premature resignation of elected board members, by-elections for the remaining term of office shall be held at the next ordinary general assembly. As long as at least one of the elected board members is in office, no extraordinary general assembly for the purpose of a By-election is necessary.

5. All board members are responsible for the work of the association and for the implementation of decisions. They are responsible for all matters of the association as long as they do not fall under the jurisdiction of another body. They are accountable to the general assembly.

§ 10 The Honorary Chairwomen

1. The honorary chairwomen are elected for life. The honorary chairwomanship can only be revoked by the board of directors for important reasons. The honorary chairwomen can resign from their office at any time.

2. The honorary chairwomen are unanimously elected by the board of directors. A maximum of two honorary chairwomen may hold office simultaneously. Only women with special merits for the association can become honorary chairwomen, especially women who have been members of the board for many years or founders of the association.

3. Their task is to represent the association.

4. The honorary chairwomen receive free membership of the association.

§ 11 The Office

1. The association uses an office with full-time staff to fulfil its tasks.

2. The board members mentioned in § 9 shall appoint a full-time managing director for the management of the office. When the service contract with the association comes into effect, she will become a member of the association and join the board. She is responsible to the board of directors.

§ 12 The Cash Auditors

1. The general assembly elects two cash auditors and two deputies. The term of office of the two auditors and their two deputies is two years. Re-election is permitted. The cash auditors and their deputies may neither belong to the board of directors nor pursue any paid activity within the association. In case of resignation, by-elections can be held at a regular general assembly for the remaining term of office.

2. The cash auditors have the task of checking the economic management to see whether

  1. the revenue and expenditure is documented
  2. it has been economized in a efficient thrifty manner.
  3. They shall report the results of the examination in writing to the general assembly.

§ 13 Taking Minutes

Minutes are to be taken of the meetings of the general assembly and the board of directors, which in particular contain the agenda, the motions and resolutions as well as the election and voting results. The minutes shall be signed by the keeper of the minutes.

§ 14 Resolution

In the event of dissolution of the association or the discontinuation of tax-privileged purposes, the assets of the association shall be transferred to a legal person under public law or another tax-privileged corporation for the purpose of equalization of man and woman.