The St. Scholastica’s College adopted a social orientation for its education mission in the seventies, a period that saw the birth of the women’s movement in the Philippines. In 1985, celebrating its 10th year of promoting education for social transformation, the school initiated a Women’s Studies program. Women, active in the women’s movement, came together to work out the objectives and syllabus of an Introductory Course on Women’s Studies. The enthusiastic response, course generated led to its incorporation in the College’s General Education program for the tertiary level — the course was made a requirement for graduation. The following year, the College obtained a permit to offer a Cognate Course on Women’s Studies. It established the Institute of Women’s Studies as an affiliate unit of the college in 1988.
Philosophy, Vision, Mission
A just and free society where:
In this context, people’s aspiration for the full flowering of the human spirit and creativity can be actualized.
As an educational and training institution, IWS commits itself to promote alternative education that is gender fair, ecologically concerned, process-oriented, participant-centered and liberating.
IWS shall engage educational institutions and development organizations towards the empowerment of women and social transformation.