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Kuala Lumpur Declaration
FDI Women Dentists Worldwide exists to • co-ordinate the activities of the national groups • promote the collection of information about women dentists and their pattern of working • address inequalities where they exist
• faciliate contacts between women worldwide • enhance their full participation in all branches of the profession

Vesna Barac Furtinger

Vesna Barac Furtinger

Kathleen Roth

Judith Fisch

Gabriella Grussovin

Gabriella Grussovin

Soukèye Dia Tine

Juliane von
Hoyningen -
- Huener

Kim Kyoung-sun

Kiguradze -
- Gogilashvili

Georgia, Member



Egypt, Member

Jina Lintoni

Republic of Korea, Member

Nanae Kuraji

Honorary Members
Soukèye Dia Tine
Michèle Aerden, Honorary President
Belgium, Past President FDI,
2005 - 2007: President FDI (first woman in 105 year of FDI)
First Chairwoman WDW,
2001 - 2005: Leader of “Women Dentist Worldwide”
Soukèye Dia Tine
Tin Chun Wong,
Hong Kong SAR China
FDI President,
2.nd Chairwoman WDW
2005 - 2008: Leader of Women Dentists Worldwide
Soukèye Dia Tine
Petersen, Germany 3.rd Chairwoman
Leader of Women Dentists Worldwide

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FDI Women Dentists Worldwide exists to coordinate the activities of the national groups; promote the collection of information about women dentists and their patterns of working; address inequalities where they exist; facilitate
contacts between women worldwide and enhance their full participation in all branches of the profession.

FDI SECTION OF Women Dentist World Wide


1. Name: FDI Section of Women Dentist Worldwide.

2. FDI Constitution

2.1 Objectives (Article III)
“The objectives of the FDI shall be to represent the profession of dentistry on a voluntary, non-governmental, international basis; to arrange an Annual World Dental Congress and to establish and encourage international programmes which will advance the science and art of dentistry and the status of the profession of dentistry in the interest of improved oral and general health for all peoples.”

2.2 Sections (Paragraph 3.9 of Regulations)
“3.8.1 Sections are groups of individuals with a common occupation or special interest in a specific area of dentistry”
“3.8.2 A Section of the FDI may be established by the Council.”
“3.8.3 The Section Executive shall be elected at the annual meeting of the Section and the election of the Executive shall be ratified by the Council. All members of the Section Executive shall be proposed by their Regular Member Associations and be members of a Regular or Associate Member Association of the FDI or be Individual Members of the FDI. By-laws of a Section shall be approved by the Council and the Sections shall report and be accountable to the Council.”
“3.8.4 Possible costs for the respective Sections shall be estimated and submitted to the Finance Committee.”

3. Role and Responsibilities
The role and responsibilities of the Section of Women Dentist Worldwide are:
To provide a world forum for the exchange of ideas, innovations and concepts within the areas of Women Dentist Worldwide.
To recruit and retain Members of the Section, to interact with these Members and to facilitate communication between the Members of the Section.
To develop and propose educational programmes for the Annual World Dental Congress and for other FDI Conferences. To develop and submit draft FDI Statements to the Council and to regularly update such Statements.
To provide reports and papers for consideration for publication in the publications of the FDI and/or on the FDI’s website.
To interact with other international and national organisations on behalf of the FDI, as agreed.
To provide expertise in the area to the Council.
To submit a proposed budget for the activities of the Section annually.
To report to and interact with the Executive Office throughout the year.
To provide at least one written report to the Council annually.

4. Membership
Any individual who is active Woman dentist, a woman student or trainee or who has an interest in Women Dentist Worldwide may become and be a Member of the Section.

5. Annual subscription
Membership of the Section is free for Individual Members of the FDI. For all other Members, the annual subscription shall be the same as for Individual Members of the FDI.

6. Executive
The Executive of the Section consists of a Chairperson, a Vice Chairperson and four Members, who shall all be Members of a Regular or Associate Member Association of the FDI.
Nominations for the positions on the Section Executive may be submitted by Member Associations and by the Members of the Section with the written support of the Member Association of the nominee.
The Members of the Executive are elected at the Annual Meeting of the Section for a term of three years and may be elected for only one additional three year term. The elections are to be ratified by the Council.

7. Business meetings
A business meeting of the Section may be organised by the Executive at the Annual World Dental Congress for discussions about membership, budgets, programmes and activities of the Section, regarding the Executive and any other business.

8. Amendments of By-laws
The by-laws of the Section may be amended by the Council - after consultation with and on the recommendation of the Section.



1.FDI Head Office
The FDI’s Head Office (Executive Office) is the administrative centre point of the Section - for example concerning correspondence, records, mailings, translations, publications, congress and education, meetings, planning and management, finance and other matters.
All correspondence and reports regarding the programmes and activities of the Section should be copied to the Executive Office. Special staff at the Head Office are allocated for the administrative support of the Section, for example in relation to:
• Register of Members of the Section
• Register of institutions, organisations and other individuals of interest
• Mailings to Members and others
• Promotion of the Section and its activities
• Creation, circulation and filing of Section documents
• Translation service
• Planning and arrangements for the meetings of the Section
• Collection of annual subscriptions
• Publication services - in print and on website
• Provision of general FDI information to the Executive

2. Budgets
The Section Executive is required to submit a proposed annual budget to the Finance Committee - through the Executive Office.