About IGS

The Institute for Gender Studies (IGS) aims to conduct high-level research projects, hold international symposia and seminars, publish books, reports, and an annual journal, develop educational programs, expand domestic and international academic networks, and contribute to society through the dissemination of research findings.

The history of IGS began in 1975 as the first national Archive of Women’s Studies. In 1986, it was reorganized and became the Institute for Women’s Studies, emphasizing academic research and educational activities. In 1996, it became the Institute for Gender Studies (IGS) with broadened international perspectives on gender studies. From 2003 to 2007, IGS collaborated with the 21st century Center of Excellence (COE) project entitled “Frontiers of Gender Studies” which was funded by the Japanese government. The outcome of the program includes establishment of Master’s and Doctoral courses on gender studies in the Graduate School of Humanities and Sciences.

In 2015, Ochanomizu University celebrated its 140th anniversary, and established the Research Organization for the Promotion of Global Women’s Leadership under which the IGS and the Institute for Global Leadership (IGL) operate. The research organization is designed to reinforce our university’s missions to foster female leaders capable of performing on global stages and to conduct advanced academic research on gender issues. Combined into the new Research Organization, IGS began to perform a new role in the university.

Dvelopment of the Institute for Gender Studies

Year Events
1875 Tokyo Women’s Normal School, the forerunner of Ochanomizu University, founded
1949 National University, Ochanomizu University, founded
1975 International Women’s Year
First World Conference on Women in Mexico City
Archive of Women’s Studies founded as the first research and documentation center for women’s studies in Japan
1979 Adoption of the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in UN General Assembly
1980 Second World Conference on Women in Copenhagen
1985 Third World Conference on Women in Nairobi
Ratification of Equal Employment Opportunity Law between Men and Women
1986 The Institute for Women’s Studies established
1993 Department of Women’s Studies, Doctoral Program, initiated at the Graduate School of Humanities and Sciences at Ochanomizu University
1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing
1996 Institute for Gender Studies (IGS) established
Ochanomizu University is the first Japanese university to found an institute under the name of Gender Studies
1997 Department of Gender and Development Studies, Master’s Program established at Ochanomizu University
1998 Within Graduate School of Humanities and Sciences, Department of Women’s Studies reorganized as Department of Gender Studies
1999 Approval of the Basic Law for a Gender-Equal Society
2000 UN General Assembly Special Session on ‘Women 2000’ in New York
2003 The 21st century COE Program entitled Frontiers of Gender Studies (F-GENS) launched
2004 The National University Corporation, Ochanomizu University, founded
IGS remains as Joint Research and Educational Facility
2005 Doctoral Program in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies founded
2006 Master’s Program, Gender and Social Science in Graduate School of Humanities and Sciences, founded
2007 The Graduate School of Humanities and Sciences reorganized
 2010  UN Women established
2015 Research Organization for the Promotion of Global Women’s Readership established
UN Women Japan Liaison Office opened in Bunkyo Civic Center