The Women’s Studies Centre is a human rights organization that actively promotes gender equality and women’s rights in Palestinian society. Its work promotes social change
The Women’s Studies Centre is a human rights organization that actively promotes gender equality and women’s rights in Palestinian society. Its work promotes social change, equality and justice in the midst of strong social and political oppression. Since its establishment in 1989, the WSC has been promoting gender sensitive laws and policies on a national level, and engaging in program implementation on a community-level, to transform prevailing social attitudes on the status and rights of women and the female child. The WSC is steadily making progress on its goals of social change, equality and justice despite strong social and political barriers in the occupied Palestinian territories.
Advancing the status of Palestinian women in a patriarchal society requires social change and empowerment through persistent and effective strategies of awareness raising, empowerment, lobbying and advocacy. Over the years, the WSC has focused its efforts in different areas that aim at advancing women’s rights and gender equality within the Palestinian community.
The WSC has been heavily engaged in research activities to monitor the situation of Palestinian women and provide the Palestinian women's movement with credible information on which to base programs that enhance the rights of Palestinian women. It has also been active in undertaking training programs for women with the aim of empowering them to take leadership roles within the Palestinian community and to empower them to defend their rights.