This special issue is a collection of papers presented at the 4th Global Women’s Studies (Hybrid) Conference held last November 24-26, 2022 at the University of Roehampton, London, United Kingdom. The Global Conference on Women’s Studies is an annual conference to discuss pressing issues in the discipline. Since its inception in 2020, many scholars, researchers, and scientists from all over the world have contributed to the discussion of the challenges of gender justice at global, regional, and local levels. The papers in this special issue explore theories of gender and sexuality as they investigate various forms of feminist activism. Some of them present new directions in approaching women’s studies. Others provide critical observations and recommendations on ongoing developments in working towards women’s empowerment in various countries across the globe. All these are in line with the thrust of the Journal of International Women’s Studies.

Author Biography

Hazel T. Biana is a Professor of Philosophy at De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines, and a Research Fellow of both the Southeast Asia Research Center and Hub (SEARCH) and the Social Development Research Center (SDRC). She is the current Vice President of the Philosophical Association of the Philippines (PAP). She is now completing a research project on the AI (Em)powered Mobility of Women with the support of a grant from the Alliance and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). Her research interests are diverse and interdisciplinary, with topics on feminist philosophy, gender studies, the philosophy of place, and cultural criticism.