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History

In 1899 the ICW (International Council of Women) invites Austrian Women's Associations to unite in a National Council and subsequently to join the ICW. Marianne Hainisch is chosen to attend the Second Quinquennial Council Meeting held in London, where she is elected Honorary Vice-President.

1902

Overcoming great obstacles set up to oppose collaboration among different nationalities and parties in Austria-Hungary finally nineteen groups join together building the NCW Austria (Bund Österreichischer Frauenvereine).

1904

The Council, at this time consisting of 35 associations, is accepted as a member by the ICW. Marianne Hainisch and Bertha von Suttner speak at the Peace Meeting held on this occasion.

1905

NCW Austria member Bertha von Suttner is the first woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

1906

First statistical monograph on "Schools for Austrian Women".

1907

Bertha von Suttner presents NCW Austria's resolution favouring pacifist aims to the President of the Second Peace Conference at The Hague.

1909

Marianne Hainisch, NCW President, is elected Third Vice-President of the ICW.

1910

ICW Executive Meeting in Innsbruck (Tyrol).

1912

NCW is running four professional orientation offices for young girls in collaboration with the Union of Working Women, with the unpaid collaboration of teachers, women doctors and committee members.

Marianne Hainisch
Marianne Hainisch




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1913

Report on the status of aid to young people and the treatment of juvenile criminals.

1914

Delegates of the ICW Quinquennial Meeting held in Rome visit afterwards Vienna. At the beginning of World War I suggestions for continuing peace efforts as soon as war should end come even from enemy countries.

1915

In spite of strong opposition four Austrian women attend the First International Women's Congress for Peace held in The Hague.

1918

Women’s voting rights in Austria after years of hard work on that issue

1923

A Peace Assembly is held for the first time in Vienna.

1924

Inquiries into a proposed law on protection against venereal diseases on the basis of equal treatment for men and women. The NCW proposes that the Austrian Emigration Service establish contact between international organisations of local women and immigrants. The professional guidance service passes under the administration of the City of Vienna. Detailed report on Austrian school reform with emphasis on the teaching of girls.

1925

Petition on the keeping or re-obtaining of Austrian nationality by Austrian women married to foreigners.

1930

The 8th Quinquennial Council Meeting of the ICW in ViennaAn outstanding event for NCW Austria was the Eight Quinquennial Council Meeting of the ICW in the Vienna Hofburg, of which Lady Aberdeen was President and Marianne Hainisch, then 90 years old, was Honorary President.

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1931

NCW Austria's Committee on Public Health reports on the expulsion of non-Austrian prostitutes.

1933

Inquiry made into attitude of the press regarding disarmament and the question of nationality in marriage.

1934

NCW President Marie Hoheisl and Henriette Hainisch represent NCW Austria at the ICW Triennial Meeting in Paris.

1936

After the ICW Triennial Meeting in Dubrovnik delegates meet in Vienna on NCW Austria's invitation. At the suggestion of  Lady Aberdeen NCW Austria together with all NCWs sends to the League of Nations a message expressing women's desire for peace and their willingness to collaborate in the work of reconciliation. In Vienna dies the founder of NCW Austria, Marianne Hainisch, then 97 years old.

1938

Due to the political situation NCW Austria  and its affiliated member organisations are banned, the Marianne Hainisch Foundation is confiscated.

1946

After the end of World War II a couple of women start re-establishing the Council. Petition for reactivation of NCW Austria to the authorities on January 30.

1947

The Council is already in existence, Henriette Hainisch, granddaughter in law of NCW Austria's founder Marianne Hainisch, its president. Dr. Lore Antoine, boardmember of NCW Austria, participates in the ICW Meeting in Philadelphia, USA.

1949

NCW Austria launches an appeal to political parties to accept more women in  positions with good prospects in the lists of candidates for elections - an issue we still have to work on.

1951

NCW Austria is reinstated in the ICW.

1953

50th anniversary of NCW Austria, celebrated with an exhibition on its history and a ceremony with the president of the Federal Republic of Austria.

1955

In the year of the Austrian State Treaty, ending Austria's occupation, NCW Austria is publishing a book "Frauenbilder aus Österreich", 12 biographical essays on outstanding Austrian women.

1959

NCW Austria is hosting the ICW Executive Meeting in Vienna.

1961

NCW is one of the founding members of ECICW, the European Center of the International Council of Women.

1973

NCW Austria welcomes delegates to the 20th ICW Triennial Conference held in Vienna's Hofburg.

1979

Opening of the UN Headquarters in Vienna. Since that date NCW Austria members are representing the ICW at the UN in Vienna.

1992

Under the courageous leadership of Friedl Corcoran NCW Austria is starting a new era after years of a crisis.

1993

The unexpected death of  Mrs. Corcoran is raising problems.

Eleonore Hauer-Rona
Eleonore Hauer-Rona

1994

NCW board member Eleonore Hauer-Rona becomes ICW Special Representative for Music.

1995

ECICW Meeting in Vienna. The theme of the seminar: "Biotechnology". NCW Austria is becoming a member of the EWL (European Women's Lobby) as a consequence of Austria's joining the European Union.

1997

Celebrations of NCW Austria's 95th anniversary. The NCW Austria Acting President, Eleonore Hauer-Rona, is speaking at the NCWGB's Annual Conference in Cheltenham. At the ICW Triennial Conference held in Ottawa the NCW Austria Acting President is elected ICW Voting Member of the Board. The NCW Austria Acting President Eleonore Hauer-Rona is elected NCW Austria
President.

1998

Renovation of NCW's premises. During Austria's EU-Presidency in the second half of the year a number of international conferences is attended by representatives of NCW Austria. NCW Seminar "Juveniles - Victims and Offenders" (a theme dealt with already in 1913 [!] by NCW Austria). Eleonore Hauer - Rona, NCW President, is speaking on Article 31 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child during a seminar "The Universal Rights of the Child" organised by NCW France and ICW in Paris.

1999

NCW Austria seminars on "The Future of Ageing" on the occasion of the International Year of Older Persons, "CEDAW and the Optional Protocol", "Women's role in the OSCE" (the Vienna based Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, celebrating in 2000 its 25th anniversary). The NCW President is participating in the seminar of NCW Germany "Women are asked – as persons concerned and activ for Agenda 21". In cooperation with UNDCP (United Nations Drug Control Programme) and the Vienna NGO Committee on Narcotic Drugs NCW's affiliate "Association of Women Musicians of Vienna" produces especially for the 1999 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, which's theme is "Music", the Musical "CRY" composed by a member of this association and pupils of a Viennese school. Representatives of the UN in Vienna and the Vienna NGO Committee on Narcotic Drugs are attending the most successful Gala Performance.
As an absolute first in NCW Austria’s history a thesis is written on a member organisation: the 1886 founded Club der Wiener Musikerinnen (Association of Women Musicians of Vienna).

2000

At the ICW Triennial Conference held in Helsinki, July 2000, NCW Austria's President is elected Second Vice-President of the ICW. Members of NCW Austria are representing the ICW at the UN in Vienna and at UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organisation). NCW Austria's President is member of the Austrian UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) Commission's Working Group on the Status of Women and Equality. She also is a member of the Women's Advisory Council set up by the Federal Ministry for Science and Transport.

2001

The NCW Austria President is participating in the session of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York as member of the Austrian Government delegation. Active participation in the working groups for the International Year of Volunteers set up by the Federal Ministry for Social Security, Generations and Consumer Protection and the Federal Ministry for the Interior. NCW Austria Seminar “Volunteers – Emotion and Reality”. Lecture by the Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs and reception for NCW Austria at the Federal Chancellery. Visit by the “Landesverband Saarland” of the NCW Germany.

2002

100th anniversary of the foundation of NCW Austria. The NCW Austria President represents the organization at the ICW Executive Meeting in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

2003

At the ICW Triennial Conference held in Perth, Western Australia, September 2003, NCW Austria’s President, Eleonore Hauer-Rona, is elected ICW First Vice President. This is the highest position ever held by a member of NCW Austria in the 101 years of its history and in the 115 years of existence of ICW. She is also representing ICW at the UN in Vienna. The NCW Austria resolutions on “Women and Drug Abuse” and on “Promotion, Protection and Support of Breastfeeding / Maternity Leave and Breastfeeding” are adopted  at the ICW Triennial Conference and are now ICW resolutions. Benefit event “Afghanistan – yesterday and today” with H.R.H. Princess India of Afghanistan at the Völkerkundemuseum, Neue Burg, in Vienna for the Peace School in Tangi Kalay near Kabul (Afghanistan).

ICW-Triennial Conference 2003, Perth

2004

Round Table “CEDAW 2004”. Visits by the ICW President (Singapore), ICW Advisor Youth (NZ), ICW Representative Habitat (NL), ICW Board Member (Dom. Rep.). NCW Austria and ICW Information booths at various fairs and congresses. Participation in  working groups of the Federal Ministry for Social Security, Generations and Consumer Protection “The International Year of the Family + 10”. The NCW Austria President speaks on the Protocols to the UN ToC Convention (Trafficking Prot., Smuggling Prot.) at the UNECE Forum “Beijing +10” in Geneva (CH), at the UN in Vienna on “Women and HIV/AIDS”, at the Annual Forum of the Vienna NGO Committee on Narcotic Drugs on “ICW’s activities related to the International Drug Control Policy in the lead up to 2008”, at the University for Economics Vienna on “From Social to Business Networks”. Charity Concert for “immohumana - Mothers in Need”. Various expert seminars.

2005

100th anniversary of the membership of the “Club der Wiener Musikerinnen” (Association of Women Musicians of Vienna) in NCW Austria. It is the oldest member organization of NCW Austria. The NCW Austria President represents her council at the ICW Executive Meeting in Rabat, Morocco. Tsunami project for NCW Thailand. Visit by members of NCW South Africa. Excursion and seminar “www.WasserWelt und Wein” a drinking water power station working in terms of the Kyoto Protocol targets.

2006

Participation in the ICW General Assembly at Kiev, Ukraine; 120th anniversary of the Club der Wiener Musikerinnen (Association of Women Musicians of Vienna); 50 years Österreichische Hausfrauen Union (Austrian Federation of House-Wives).

2007

Interdisciplinary events, inter alia on "CEDAW 2007" (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women) and on "Women and Nutrition".

2008

Public relations work on „90 years women’s voting rights in Austria“ (cooperation in producing a brochure, DVD, postcards etc); Round Table “Women and Nutrition II”.

2009

Summary on national and international activities on “60 years Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948 - 2008” – ICW’s role in fighting for Human Rights since its inception in 1888.

Participation in the ICW General Assembly in Johannesburg, South Africa. The NCW Austria President, Eleonore Hauer-Rona, was appointed member of the ICW Committee of Honour.

Events on “Women in Technology”, “Gender Medicine”, “Urban development and energy efficiency housing seen from women’s perspectives”.

2010

Key issues of work: “30 years CEDAW”, “The World of Venus” an international project on the prehistoric finds, “Gender and Youth within UNIDO’s work”, “AIDS, Caring for Women and Children Living with AIDS”, “Human Rights Education”.

2011

Main emphasis on Health, Data Protection and Human Rights; Decoration of Honour in Gold for Services to the Republic of Austria for the president of NCW Austria in her capacity as president of the NCW member organization Association of Women Musicians of Vienna.

2012

Festivities on the occasion of the 110th anniversary of the NCW Austria.

2013

Focus on “Data protection – between google, YouToube and facebook”, “Cancer treatment using ionbeam therapy”, “Mobile nurses for children”, “Eating disorders”, “Vienna + 20 Advancing the Protection of Human Rights”.

The president of NCW Austria is appointed “Advisor Music” of the International Council of Women.

2014

2014 was for the NCW Austria a year of anniversaries: 100th anniversary of the death of Peace Nobel Prize Laureate Bertha von Suttner, chair of the Peace Commission of the NCW Austria, and 175th anniversary of the birth of NCW Austria’s founder and ICW Honorary Vice President Marianne Hainisch. Besides the work on ongoing actual issues exhibitions on these famous women and their important role in the women’s movement and a wreath laying were held.

2015

The president of the NCW Austria (BOEFV) is elected ICW Advisor Music 2015-2017 at the ICW General Assembly 2015 held in Izmir, Turkey.

The resolution “Women and Palliative Care / Lack of access to Controlled Medicines for the Relief of Pain” introduced by NCW Austria is adopted by the ICW GA 2015.

One more exhibition on Marianne Hainisch.

2016

More exhibitions on Marianne Hainisch - book launch and presentations of „Die Mutter” (The Mother) by Marianne Hainisch (edition libica) - celebrations and exhibition 130 years Club der Wiener Musikerinnen / Association of Women Musicians of Vienna (oldest member organization of NCW Austria) - Gender events - Meetings with female ambassadors of Nordic countries - Preparing for Austria’s chairmanship of the OSCE in 2017 - Intensified cooperation with the ICW.