Our Statute

Statute Approved by We Are AGM September 2017

Art. 1: Name
1.1 The official name of the organisation is ‘We Are – LGBTQQI Youth and Student Organisation’.
1.2 LGBTQQI is an acronym which stands for ‘Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Questioning and Intersex’.

Art. 2: Nature
2.1 We Are is an independent and autonomous, non-profit organisation which operates freely of any civil or religious body, any political party, any commercial organisation and any other group, organisation, society or body of persons.

Art. 3: Aims

3.1 Community
3.1.1 To organise regular social activities and provide a safe and friendly environment in which people can meet and interact regardless of their sexuality and/or gender.
3.1.2 To provide informal and confidential support to youth and students who are questioning aspects of their sexuality and/or gender, and to guide LGBTQQI individuals towards entities which offer professional support and guidance.

3.2  Awareness and Information
3.2.1 To provide information about issues affecting the LGBTQQI community through the organisation of projects, campaigns, and any other suitable means.

3.3 Education
3.3.1 To organise non-formal education activities for the promotion of acceptance and diversity, to be a source of information regarding LGBTQQI activities outside campus, and to enable members approved by the board to represent the organisation at activities which contribute to the development of the organisation.

3.4 Representation
3.4.1 To represent members of the organisation in accordance with the other provisions of this Statute.
3.4.2 Without prejudice to what is stated in Article 2, to establish links with other societies and organisations as might be necessary for the pursuance of these aims.

Art. 4: Membership

4.1 All members have to support the aims of We Are.

4.2 Members of the organisation must fill in a membership form with a monetary fee of zero euros (€0.00), that is, membership is free. This Value may be altered by the general meeting.

4.3 Application: An applicant must submit an online or print application and affirm agreement with the aims of We Are.
4.3.1. The application must be approved by an executive member. In the case of online membership, the member will be duly informed that their membership has been approved. 

4.4. Admission: The Executive Board reserves the right to suspend any member who on any occasion behaves in a manner which is considered to conflict directly with the aims and beliefs of We Are.
4.4.1 A member may be suspended from membership by the Executive Board for failure to comply with this Statute. The suspension, unless revoked by the Executive Board, shall remain in force until the next General Meeting (Annual or Extraordinary) where it shall be decided whether such member is to be reinstated or expelled.
4.4.2 Members facing the possibility of suspension or expulsion have the right to present their defence.

4.5 Only members are entitled to vote and can contest any elections regulated by this statute.

Art. 5: Organisation

5.1 The Organisation shall be governed by the following structures, in the following order of authority:
5.1.1 General Meeting (Annual or Extraordinary)
5.1.2 Executive Board
5.1.3 Sub Committees of the organisation

Art. 6: General Meeting

6.1 The General Meeting is the highest authority in We Are. All members have one vote at the General Meeting.

6.2 The Annual General Meeting (AGM) shall be held at the end of the term of the Executive Board, no sooner than 10 months and no later than 14 months from the commencement of the new term.

6.3 The General Meeting shall meet in Extraordinary Session when 10% of the members of the organisation make a request in writing to the Secretary General.

6.4 The quorum at a General Meeting shall be one third (1/3) of its members.

6.5 If, 15 minutes after the published start of the General Meeting, 1/3 of the organisation’s members are not present, the Executive Board has the right to commence the meeting with the amount of members present, which shall constitute a quorum.

6.6 Notice of General Meeting shall be affected upon members of the general public by at least two media not later than 14 days before the General Meeting.

6.7 The agenda of the Annual General Meeting should be as follows:
6.7.1 Appointment of Chair
6.7.2 Approval of Agenda
6.7.3 Approval of minutes
6.7.4 Matters Arising out of minutes
6.7.5 Administrative Report for the year
6.7.6 Financial Report
6.7.7 Auditor’s Report in cases where the income of the Organisation exceeds the limits set by the VO commissioner.
6.7.8 Amendments to statute
6.7.9 Election of Electoral Commission
6.7.10 Nominations and presentation of the candidates for the incoming Executive Board
6.7.11 Election of executive

6.8 The procedure at the General Meeting shall be regulated by this statute.

Art. 7: Composition and Functions of the Executive Board

7.1 Election to the Executive Board (EB) of the Organisation shall be held during the Annual General Meeting. If the AGM follows a period of dormancy according to the regulations of the governing body (KSU), the EB can be elected either during an EGM or any period up to two weeks prior to the EGM.

7.2 Should a member of the Executive Board choose to leave their position, the executive has the choice to either call an Extraordinary General Meeting, or can call for a co-option, provided that a notice of the vacant position is made in at least two different media, and with at least 14 days chance for possible candidates to apply for the vacant position. In the event that the number of candidates surpasses the number of vacant positions, a vote must be taken by the executive board with a unanimous result. Should there be no unanimous result, an EGM must be held.

7.3 The Executive Board is:
7.3.1 responsible for the day-to-day running of the organisation
7.3.2 responsible to implement the decisions of the General Meeting
7.3.3 responsible to direct the policies of the organisation throughout the year

7.4 The Executive Board will be made up of six officials, and the positions to be filled shall be as follows:
7.4.1 President
The President is responsible for the general direction of the organization and for directing Executive Board policy with the help of the Secretary General. Resignation of this post shall be effected to the Secretary General. The president is responsible to co-opt a project manager from We Are members after a call is issued, with two thirds () majority of the executive in agreement when a long term project is being worked on. The co-opted project manager is subject to the rules and obligations as per article 4.

7.4.2 Secretary General
Along with the President, the Secretary General is a legal representative of We Are and shall aid the President in the function of their duties.

7.4.3 Treasurer
The Treasurer shall prepare records of accounts and other financial statements, and be responsible for the handling of We Are’s bank account and cash books.

7.4.4 Communications Officer
The Communications Officer (CO) is responsible to spread relevant information to members and general public related to the organisation and its aims. The CO has the duty to maintain the organisation's social media and any other media the organisation, from time to time, makes use of.

7.4.5 Awareness and Education Officer
The Awareness and Education Officer (A & E Officer) is tasked with creating, organizing and promoting any awareness campaigns or short term projects for We Are and may make use of any media tools to achieve this. KPS meetings are within the remit of the A&E Officer. In case they cannot attend the meeting, they are to find a suitable replacement within 24 hours of the Exec meeting.

7.4.6. The Community Officer is responsible to maintain the community-feel within the organization. They must create, maintain and constantly update the members’ database. Events forum meetings are within the remit of the Community Officer. In case they cannot attend the meeting, they are to find a suitable replacement from the executive, 24 hours before the meeting.

7.5 The President and the Secretary General shall be vested with the legal representation of the organisation.

7.6 The function of each Executive Board members shall be further defined in the ByLaws of We Are in accordance with article 8.

7.7 Proceedings during the Executive meetings shall be regulated primarily by this Statute or by Standing Orders/regulations which will conform to the Statute

7.8 At least half of the executive board must be comprised of current University of Malta students, or Alumni of the University of Malta.

7.9 The EB is entitled to officially represent the organisation.

7.10 The EB may delegate tasks to other persons, but it will remain responsible for these tasks at all times.

7.11 An EB member shall cease to hold office:
7.11.1 with the election of a new board by the Annual or Extraordinary General meeting;
7.11.2 by a written resignation addressed to the President;
7.11.3 by removal from office by a decision of the Annual or Extraordinary General Meeting;
7.11.4 if one ceases to be a member of We Are, even if such member ceases to be a member under the terms described in article 7.12.3
7.11.5 Executive Board members failing to attend three (3) consecutive meetings or to four (4) non- consecutive meetings without a just cause shall be dismissed; The EB member is expected to inform the rest of the EB of their inability to attend a meeting via group social media or email. The lack of doing so, unless there is a just cause, will be considered as a lack of commitment to work and will be affected by Article 7.11.7.
7.11.6 By one’s death.
7.11.7 If any member of the EB does not commit themselves to work and is perceived as un-accountable or a detriment to the organization, this person can be asked to resign by a majority decision of the board.

Art. 8: Bylaws

8.1 To regulate matters not described in this statute We Are has bylaws.

8.2 Bylaws have to comply with this statute.

8.3 Amendments and changes to bylaws have to be decided by the General Meeting (Annual or Extraordinary) by a simple majority

Art. 9: Sub-committees

9.1 Sub-committees may be set up either by the General Meeting (Annual or Extraordinary) or by the Executive Board to deal with needs and issues that arise from time to time.

9.2 All We Are Sub-Committees, function under the same We Are statute and bylaws of the time.

9.3. Subcommittees fall under the responsibility of the relevant EB member related to their function and aims. A member who wishes to resign from the subcommittee must inform the President of their wishes. The resignation becomes effective within 15 days of submission of such.  The member resigning is obliged to give a handover to their Supervising Executive Member.

Art. 10: Elections

10.1 Elections to the Executive shall be organised by Electoral Commission.

10.2 Only members of the organisation are eligible to contest these elections.

10.3 Elections shall be held through a ‘First Past the Post’ system i.e. the candidate with the majority of valid votes wins.

10.4 A list of candidates to these elections shall be published and a notice is to be issued to all members informing them of the time and place where voting will be held

10.5 If six or less nominations for the executive board are received by the deadline stipulated, then the nominations received must be put to a vote of confidence of the members present at the AGM to confirm their place on the executive board.

10.6 If six or less nominations for the executive board are received by the deadline, then nominations can be received up till the start of the AGM.

10.7 Should less than six members be nominated to the executive board during the AGM, then a co-option call for the specific vacant role should be called upon by the new executive by not later than two weeks after the AGM.

10.8 Those members who are unable to attend an AGM will be able to vote by proxy, provided that the proxy is sent in and acknowledged up to 24 hours before the start of the AGM. Any member may hold no more than one member’s proxy.
10.8.1 Members are only allowed to be one other person’s proxy.

Art. 11: Amendments

11.1 Temporary or permanent changes to any part of this Statute can be carried out only after presentation and approval of two thirds (2/3) of the members present during a General Meeting.

Art. 12: Dissolution

12.1 Dissolution of We Are shall be decided by the General Meeting (Annual or Extraordinary) by a three quarter majority of all members present and voting.

12.2 Upon dissolution, all assets of the organisation shall be applied in favour of other non-profit-organisations (NGOs) with similar purposes as those of We Are. The same General Meeting is to decide which NGOs are to receive these assets and the type and percentage of assets to each if more than one NGO is selected.

Bylaws Approved by We Are AGM September 2017

1 The term of office of all EB members is 10 to 14 months, until the date of the Annual General Meeting. In the period between their election and the commencement of their term of office, called the handover period, the EB officers elect, with the help of the outgoing officers, shall thoroughly familiarise themselves with the duties and responsibilities that they will assume in their term of office. If for any reason apart from death or serious illness, the term of an EB member terminates before the election of the next EB, a proper handover period it so follow their termination from the respective EB post.
1.1. Should an executive member resign before the end of their term, a handover period is still required between this member and the rest of the team, or the person replacing them. 

2 The EB shall meet regularly. Meetings are called by the President on their own initiative or after being asked to do so by one third (1/3) of the EB, who will do so by means of a written petition addressed to the President.

3 The President is to chair all EB meetings. In their absence, the EB must appoint a chairperson from its members by a two thirds (2/3) majority.

4 Minutes of all EB meetings must be taken by the secretary general. These minutes should be available to all We Are members. Minutes have to be approved in the following EB meeting and followed up as a point on the agenda: Matters arising from the Minutes.

5 When voting, any member may ask for a secret vote. Procedural motions (or decisions on policy) require a two thirds majority to be carried. Other motions and decisions require a simple majority. The Chairperson may vote. If cases of parity or borderline absolute majority arise the Chairperson is in duty bound to use their casting vote.

6 Observers have to be approved by the EB prior to starting any EB meeting. Observers have to leave the meeting when a voting procedure is carried out or when any member of the EB deems fit.

7 In the absence of the President and Secretary General, any EB member may call a meeting if one thinks it appropriate and necessary for the operations of the EB.

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