The women's studies centre is a secular, dependent, feminist non-governmental organization. It is active in protecting and advocating for human rights and women’s’ rights; in enhancing the gender equality; and in supporting women's rights as an integral part of human rights.
Since its establishment in 1989, the centre has worked has worked on various programs to empower women and build female capacities for the purpose of determining and standing up for their rights.
The centre has struggled – along with the Palestinian feminist movement—to institutionalize a development strategy within Palestinian society that inherently adopts the main principle of the complete gender equality. To this end, the centre has been carrying out its institutional mandate in an effort to reform the traditional social, economic, political and legal structures to include the integration of women in all the development initiatives as participants and beneficiaries.
The centre contributed, and still is contributing to filling in the needs of the Palestinian feminist movement and the social movements, through providing studies addressing the reality and the needs of the Palestinian woman. These studies aim to outline programs that enable women to gain access to and benefit from different resources; to raise Palestinian women's welfare; to response to their needs and to promote dignity, freedom and equality.
Through its various programs, the centre works for freedom, dignity, and equality, which can only be achieved under an independent Palestinian state that guarantees life with dignity to all its citizens, males and females; fights for the " right of return"; and fights for the independence of Jerusalem as the capital of the Palestinian state