Centre for Women’s Development and Research (CWDR) was started in 1993 by three women activists who felt the need for a platform to help address the problems of women in the unorganised sector.
What started out as an organization working in five Thiruvanmiyur slums to impart human rights training has gradually grown into the voice of numerous women domestic workers across Chennai.
‘Manushi’ and ‘Snehidhi’ are CWDR’s initiatives for women domestic workers and adolescent girls in slums. These initiatives offer counselling, leadership training, awareness of gender issues, education and training in life skills. Improving the lives of single women is a significant element of CWDR’s agenda.
Advocacy and lobbying with the government form a large component of CWDR’s work. They also impart leadership training to women in panchayats and ward members. CWDR has been pivotal in getting domestic workers appointed to the Tamil Nadu Domestic Workers Welfare Board.
On the occasion of International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, 2009, The Prajnya Trust takes great pride in recognising CWDR for its work for social justice and women’s human rights.
November 27, 2009