International Confederation of Professional Associations of Domestic Workers
IAG (Internationale Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Berufsverbände Christlischer Arbeitnehmerinnen in der Hauswirtschaft)
The first moves were made to found the IAG at the beginning of the 1950s by the President of the German Association, Marianna Wilke and by Katharina Neumayer, President of the Austrian Association for 45 years. In 1957 Father Sebastiano Plutino, President of the Italian association "Tra Noi", and the officials of the Swiss Association were also involved in the initiative. At a meeting in Rome, the first agreements were concluded to found an international Union, and the foundations were laid for drafting the first Statutes of the IAG, that were ratified in Vienna in 1959 coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Austrian professional association. In 1980 the Union adopted the present name, and updated the Statutes, amending them to make them more consonant with the times and needs of the member countries. On 26 January 1991 the Pontifical Council for the Laity issued the decree recognising the International Confederation of Professional Associations of Domestic Workers as an international association of the faithful of Pontifical Right.
IAG is a confederation of independent national associations of Christian domestic workers. Basing its work on the teachings of Vatican II and the social teaching of the Church, its purpose is to improve the standards of living and working conditions of domestic workers; it encourages their religious instruction, fosters cooperation between its member associations, and organises congresses and debates on issues relating to vocational training.
IAG is governed by the Management Committee, which is the national association which rotates every four years at the head of the Confederation; the ordinary Conference which is convened every year by the Management Committee; the ordinary Congress, which meets every four years.
IAG has 6 member associations in 6 countries: Europe (5), South America (1).
The IAG member associations have created vocational training schools in Italy and Portugal; and hostels in Austria, Germany, Italy, and Portugal.
The member associations have their own national publications.
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