Profile and History

Profile and History

1982 saw the inauguration of this organisation as the Women’s Education Centre (WEC). It was founded by a small group of feminist researchers and activists to highlight the status of women in the country and to publish material, which could be used by women in their struggle for liberation. The broad objectives of WEC were to increase women’s awareness, their resources, and opportunities for effective participation in the economic, political and social life of the country.

Since then, WEC has been broadening its horizons and has made a foray into research on women’s issues. Consequently, in 1991, reflecting the introduction of this aspect into its programmes, the organisation was renamed as Women’s Education and Research Centre (WERC).

WERC receives financial support and funding from various organisations. Being a non-profit organisation, self-sustainability is at times a major problem. Therefore, continuous support from outside organisations is needed and welcomed for WERC to continue its work in striving to combat violence and discrimination against women and children on all levels – political, social, religious and economic – and to fight for comprehensive change in all spheres of social life.

Vision: A gendered equal and equitable society, in which the rights, freedoms, autonomy and aspirations of women are recognized, upheld and realized.

Mission: To work towards achieving gender justice through education, research, consciousness raising, capacity building and advocacy, by using feminist intersectional approaches.

Objectives:

  • To disseminate knowledge on gender issues to women and men through research, seminars, workshops, conferences, publications.
  • To reach out to women of the marginalized sections such as conflict affected women, women workers in the FTZ, plantations, migrant and sex workers with programmes to empower them economically.
  • To lobby with the state to initiate and implement gender policies based on our interactions with women and our research findings.
  • To expand the tri-lingual collection of publications and research materials for the library and reach out to more readers.