UNESCO Education UIL

FUNDACIÓN ISIS International, Chile

ISIS International, founded in 1974, is a women’s information and communication service with over 10,000 contacts in 150 countries. ISIS holds an extensive collection on women issues in Latin America and the Caribbean, including politics, economics, health, family, demography and violence. Relying on its various databases and on its active participation in various information exchange networks, ISIS provides a range of information services also to information seekers outside the Latin American and Caribbean region.

Areas of Specialization:

Civil society, Culture, Economic and social development, Environment, Family education, Gender issues, Information and communication technologies, Social justice, Sustainable development, Womens health

User Profile:

Researchers; students; governmental organizations; parliaments; international organizations; NGOs

Contact Information


Simón Bolívar 3798. Comuna de Nuñoa

(+56–2) 2695506
(+56–2) 2695506
Contact person:
Ana María Portugal (Coordinadora General)

Basic Institutional Data:

Founded in:
Ana María Portugal (Coordinadora General)
Countries Served:
Chile, Latin America and the Caribbean, worldwide
Working Languages:
English, Spanish


Books and Documents:
16,500 documents stored in a specialized database plus a database containing 1,200 books. Periodical publications database includes 1,762 entries corresponding to periodical publications from around the world.
Periodicals recieved p.a.:
162 on women; total 260; periodicals database 1.703
Multimedia materials:
Some videos
Annual growth of Collection:
The bibliographic database grows approximately by 1.200 documents a year.

Methods of Data Management

Cataloging Rules
Methods of Data Processing
Indexing Tool
List of descriptors on women issues; OECD Macrothesaurus; POPIN Thesaurus; UNESCO Thesaurus; a women’s thesaurus
Database Software

Services and Special Activities

Information Services Provided

Maintaining a database containing bibliographical and referral information; computer searches and delivery of bibliographical lists; information and referral services; permanent exchange of information; worldwide dissemination of information about the Latin American and Caribbean region; production of information packages

Publications Produced

Inter-Redes. Serie Cuadernos de Historia (en preparación). Catálogos. Directorios)

Special Activities

Analysis of qualitative and quantitative comparative information on women issues worldwide; directory of organizations working on violence against women in Latin America that can be accessed on–line in their web site; preparation and development of a Spanish language gateway for Latin American women, http://www.mujereshoy.com; dissemination of database on women issues via the Internet


They work with and have contact with many networks, among these are the: Red de Educación Popular entre Mujeres (REPEM); Consejo de Educación de Adultos de América Latina (CEAAL); International Council of Adult Education (ICAE). They also serve as the information and communications coordinators of the Red Latinoamericana y del Caribe Por una Vida sin Violencia contra las Mujeres REDFEM.

Studies and Surveys

Analysis of information on women worldwide, in particular in the Latin American region; directory of organizations working on violence against women in Latin America; analysis and follow–up of international agreements and conventions signed by the Chilean Government regarding women’s issues

Other material

Strategies and Perspectives to Improve Services

Dissemination of database on women issues via the Internet; produce databases on CD–ROMs; the use of new technologies in order to reach new sectors of society, especially at the decision–making level