Institute for Higher Studies on Women

This Institute, founded in 2003, intends to advance the role of women, alongside that of men, in any cultural domain, in order to create a line of thought capable of inspiring factual actions in social life.

It ranks among the top centres for systematic and multidisciplinary studies on women, their identities, and spheres of action, and encourages cooperation between women and men in all domains: research, the Church, and the worlds of work and business. The principle guiding the Institute’s reflections and studies is that women and men can be fully understood only in their reciprocity relationship.

The Institute intends to be a scientific and practical point of reference for leveraging women’s talents in the world of work and propose models of flexible organisation that make it possible to reconcile family life and work.

Specialist areas of study

The Institute offers two specialist areas of study:

Anthropology, culture, and identity
– Nature and culture
– Gender identity
– Relations with one’s own body
– Motherhood and parenthood
– Anthropological, psychological, and social interpretations of violence

Women, work & organisational innovation
– Development of skills, labour market, and promotion of the role of women
– Business, economy, and innovation: the search for new family-inclusive solutions
– Organisational innovation and well-being
– Welfare and active policies
– Young people, universities, and the world of work

The Institute supports the involvement, roles, and potential skills of women within the Church, in the business world, and in society, by conducting the following activities:

  • Education
    • Research
    • Socio-cultural initiatives
    • Publications

The Institute holds specialist courses and specialist diploma courses in its areas of study with an interdisciplinary, challenging, and innovative approach.

The Institute has two research groups:

Being a Man, Being a Woman
This research group, set up in 2013, consists of experts in various disciplines (theology, philosophy, bioethics, psychology, neurosciences, law, and sociology). The group has the mission of investigating the meaning of being a man and being a woman, starting from the unity of the bodily and spiritual dimensions. The research work conducted so far has explored the concept of gender difference and its implications in the life of people, as well as the meaning of corporeity. The outcomes of this work are the publications: Differenza femminile (2014), and Significare il corpo: limite, incontro e risorsa (in press).

Value@Work, giving value to work and centrality to the individual
This interdisciplinary research group, set up in 2015, is working on a project aiming to share and reorganise the value system in the world of work. The project is being conducted by the Institute jointly with the Fidelis Institute of Social and Business Ethics (Istituto Fidelis per l’Etica Sociale e Economica). The group consists of academics and representatives from institutions, businesses, and trade associations. The official presentation of the Group and of the results of its first survey took place in Rome, at Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, on 25 November 2016.

In its areas of study, the Institute organises socio-cultural initiatives, such as conferences, meetings, seminars, workshops, update courses, and prizes (Degree Thesis Prize and Family-Friendly Company Prize).
Since 2015, the Institute has organised a yearly event in May –  the Mothers’ Week – with the purpose of promoting the role of mothers in all fields; the Mothers’ Week features numerous free-of-charge events for mothers, with a view to promoting their well-being, stimulating their creativity and entrepreneurship, and showcasing their talents.

Through its publications, the Institute disseminates its line of thought among citizens. Each year, the Institute publishes the outcomes of its key activities: conference proceedings, results of investigations, and course manuals.


E-mail address: [email protected] – tel. no.: +39-06-91689903



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