The Institute of Women’s Studies was set-up in 2011 by a group of scientists of the Faculty of History and Sociology at the University of Bialystok in Poland including Prof. Małgorzata Dajnowicz (http://www.dajnowicz.pl), the Chair of the Board, who specializes in world-class research in the fields of women’s studies, Dr Marcin Siedlecki, an anthropologist and political scientists who is interested in women’s participation in political life, Dr Anna Snarska, the head teacher at a secondary school, whose main field of research and activity is youth education.

Currently, the members of the institute are mainly representing the scientific and academic staff. Their research interests and social activities determined the course of action for the institute. The aim of our organization is conducting and popularizing world-class research and educational activities in the areas of women’s history and the cultural heritage of women in Poland, Europe and the World.

The Institute has made considerable contributions to promoting women’s issues, both in theoretical and practical terms, thus developing cooperation with scientific communities in Poland and abroad, as well as with the local government, numerous non-governmental organisations and institutions dealing with women’s studies.

Over the last few years we have organized five conferences (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) under the title "Women in Public Life". In 2015 our Institute, the Commission on Women’s History of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Faculty of History and Sociology at the University of Bialystok hosted a conference "Entering Politics. Women’s Ways (18th - to 21st century)". We are also fully committed to promoting dialogue and debate in society about the role of women in the world. To achieve this we regularly organise conferences and seminars on the history and culture of women. We have carried out a series of projects on "women of culture in the Podlaskie region" and participated in a few international activities. Our "Scientific Journal of the Institute of Women's Studies" and other scientific publications provide a platform for intellectual and activist research, dialogue and strategy http://www.czasopismo.isk.bialystok.pl/kontakt.html.

The Institute of Women’s Studies is a university-based research centre focused on popularizing the work of our scientists either independently or in cooperation with the Department of Social and Political Movements at the University of Bialystok run by Prof. Małgorzata Dajnowicz. The Institute is situated within the premises of the Faculty of History and Sociology at the University of Bialystok.