Institute of Women's Studies

The Institute of Women`s Studies (IWS) at Birzeit University was established in 1994 as the first women’s studies program in Palestine, and one of the only two programs in the Arab world.

Since its establishment, IWS has offered different elective courses in women studies for undergraduate students. In 1998, it developed the Master’s Program of  Gender and Development Studies as the first graduate program of its kind in the Arab region. Later, the institute started offering a minor program in women’s studies for undergraduate students.