The St. Scholastica’s College adopted social orientation for its
education mission in the seventies, a period that saw 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
the 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 on the college in 1988.
The Institute is governed by a Board of Trustees composed of 10
women, all well-respected in their fields of specialization. Its
Director is Sr. Mary John Mananzan, OSB. It maintains eight
full-time staff members and a number of consultants.
- awaken a
consciousness to and provide an understanding of the woman question
through a strategy of formal (institutional) and non-formal
alternative education; and
- engage in
research and study on gender issues, and projects that uphold
the cause of women; and
- conduct outreach
programs that serve women outside the formal educational
Nursia was the birthplace of St. Scholastica and St. Benedict. It
was also the name given to the three-storey home of the Institute
when this was constructed in 1990.
- Conference hall
- Library and
(single and double rooms for a total of 30 persons)
- Pension rooms
for paying guests (with air-condition and private bath)
- Dining room (can
be converted into another function room for 30 persons)
- Solidarity store
of crafts, publications and other works made by women
Nursia also houses the staff offices of the Institute. It is
intended principally for in-house courses, seminars and soirees, but
some facilities can also be rented by women’s organizations and
NGOs, depending on availability.
Initially created to provide support to the Institute’s own
programs as well as to the women’s studies courses of St.
Scholastica’s College, the Resource Center now services students
and teachers of other schools in Metro Manila, in addition to staff
of women’s organizations. The Center specializes in women’s
studies and religion. The Center’s print collection exceeds 1,000
titles, including some 50 periodicals. The audio-visual materials
range in scope from documentaries on indigenous women to
contemporary films that explore women’s relationships.
inquiries, please contact:
of Women’s Studies
Estrada Street, Malate