The Women's Studies Institute of China (WSIC), which is the governing body of the All China Women's Federation, was established in January 1991. It is a national institution that specializes in comprehensive studies on women and gender issues.
The WSIC has consistently paid close attention to issues such as women's development and gender equality in economic, political and cultural life. A number of important research projects have been carried out, including:
• Theoretical Studies of Women under Socialism with Chinese Characteristics;
• Women's Social Status in China;
• Women and the Process of Social Modernization;
• The Promotion of Women's Political Rights;
• The Past 50 Years of China's Women's Movement;
• The Promotion of Gender Equality Through the Education Program;
• Studies on Women's Development, Health and Mass Communication;
• Increasing Gender Mainstreaming with the "3 plus 1" Mechanism;
• Program to Build a Well-off Society and Gender Equality
• Supplementing gender equality consciousness into the new Law of the People's Republic of China on the Protection of Rights and Interests of Women
The WSIC has also sponsored many important national and international symposiums on women's issues, including the 3rd and 4th National Seminar on Women's theory, Forum on women in the 4th International Women's Conference, Conference on the Past 50 Years of Theories of Chinese Women, the Conference on Chinese Women's Political Rights, the 2nd Conference in Chinese Women's Social Status, Forum on the Promotion of Chinese Women's Health, and Workshop on Women's Employment in China.
Along with its domestic academic research, the WSIC has been involved in joint projects with international organizations and agencies, such as the UN Population Fund, and the Ford Foundation, and has conducted academic exchanges with institutions from many countries, e.g. France, Germany, Australia, Japan, South Korea, and India.